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South Dakota Pork Producers Council 2019 Executive Board


President Ferlyn Hofer; Canistota

First Vice President Craig Andersen; Centerville

Second Vice President Shane Odegaard; Lake Preston

District I


Greg Feenstra; Huron

Clarence Wurtz; Upland Colony, Artesian

Bill Larsen; Wolsey

Paul Wipf; Spink Colony, Frankfort

Clarence Wurtz has been representing the Colonies of South Dakota and has been on the board for the last 12 years. Clarence and his wife Syglinda are from Artesian, South Dakota, where they have eight kids and 30 grandkids. Clarence is currently the secretary for the Upland Colony where they raise pigs, dairy and beef cattle and crop land.

District II

Jason Foster; Garden City

Adam Krause; Clear Lake:

Adam Krause from Clear Lake, South Dakota has been serving on the board representing District 2 for the last three years. Adam farms with his father where they grow corn, soybeans and wheat, while he operates a nursey barn himself. Adam’s wife Taylor is currently a high school agriculture teacher. In their free time they love giving back to their community. Taylor is a Sunday school teacher, while  Adam is on the trustees committee for their church. Adam also enjoys helping the youth and varsity wrestling programs at the local school.

District III

Seth Denning; Corsica

Brooke Heisinger; Scotland

Justin Rothschadel; Tyndall

Seth Denning has been representing district 3 on the board for the last two years. Seth and his wife Robyn have a finishing barn in Corsica, South Dakota, where  they have four boys. Their boys are very active in sports. In their free time Robyn servers on the education board for their church, while Seth is a member of the Douglas County Planning and Zoning board for numerous years. Their family also enjoys spending time on the Missouri River boating and fishing in the summer.

Justin Rothschadel has been on the board for three years representing district 3. Him and his wife Brittany live in Tyndall, South Dakota where this have two boys. Justin farms with his dad and grandfather where they grow corn, soybeans and winter wheat. On his own he has a cattle herd and a nursey and a finishing pig barn. Brittany works as a physical therapy doctor and in her free time she is the co-chairperson at their churches elementary religious ed. In Justin’s free time he sits on his churches council, Knight of Columbus, and is on his county Planning and Zoning board

District IV

Shane Zylstra; Bersford Austin Willms; Akron, Iowa

Robert Rasmussen; Viborg

Allied Industry

Spencer Jacobson, Brandon – Smithfield

Ashley Gelderman, Hartford  – Standard Nutrition


Past President – Ryan Storm, Mt. Vernon

SDSU Extension (Ex-Officio)

Dr. Bob Thaler, Brookings

Dr. Bob Thaler has been representing South Dakota State University on the board for the last five years. He currently lives in Brookings, South Dakota with his wife Karen. Bob for the last 31 years has been a professor at SDSU and is the SDSU Extension Swine Specialist, Bob helps run the SDSU Swine Education and Research Facility. Karen is currently a 7th grade English teacher in Brookings. Bob and Karen have three kids and three grandkids. In Bob and Karen’s free time they help out at their church as well as go to SDSU events and volunteer with the South Dakota Pork Producer and South Dakota Master Pork Producers events.

National Pork Board President

Steve Roimmereim, Alcester (Ex-Officio)

South Dakota Animal Industry Board

Steve Roimmereim, Alcester (Ex-Officio)

South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture

Kim Vanneman