New S.D. Farm Bureau president

New S.D. Farm Bureau president Scott E. VanderWal, a third-generation corn and soybean producer and cattle feeder from Volga, has been named the new president of the South Dakota Farm Bureau.

VanderWal, who had served as vice president of the organization since 2001 and as a member of the SDFB board since 1997, succeeds former South Dakota Farm Bureau President Dick Kjerstad, who died June 15, after losing a courageous fight against cancer.

VanderWal farms in east central South Dakota with his father, brothers and other members of his family. He graduated from South Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in general agriculture and a minor in plant science. In addition to cattle feeding and crop production, the family also has a custom harvesting operation. He and his wife, Michelle, have two sons, Kyle, 14 and Austin, 11.

VanderWal is a past member and chairman of the SDFB Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and served on the AFBF YF&R Committee from 1992-1994, where he was elected second vice chairman. VanderWal has been active on his county Farm Bureau board and the local Cattlemen's board. He is a McCloy Fellow, having participated in the agricultural fellowship to Germany in 1996. He has also represented agriculture during missions to Brazil in 2001 and Cuba in 2004.

In addition, VanderWal currently serves as president of his local school board and he and his wife are active in their local church.

Formal elections for the positions of president and vice president of the South Dakota Farm Bureau will take place at the organization's 2004 annual meeting in November.

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