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South Dakota Agricultural Foundation Fund

In 2016, a group of dedicated leaders committed to creating a fund that would act as a funding source for agricultural related projects in South Dakota for many years to come.  The South Dakota Agricultural Foundation, an endowed fund within the South Dakota Community Foundation, will provide future grant funding for workforce development, industry development and diversification, working lands conservation projects and promotion of and service to agriculture. It will also provide a vehicle for donors and businesses alike who are interested in giving back to the industry that has supported them over the years. The goal of the fund is to raise $20 Million by 2021.    

The SD Agricultural Foundation is an independent, industry-led nonprofit composed of key leaders in the South Dakota ag industry. The Foundation is committed to cultivating a culture of philanthropy that serves all South Dakota ag organizations, and investing in the future of South Dakota agriculture through financial support, human resources, and capital.

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Investing in the future of South Dakota 

HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT: Supporting the creation of an educated and innovative agricultural workforce through education, leadership and technology training, and intervention opportunities.
INDUSTRY DIVERSIFICATION AND GROWTH: Supporting the industry through innovative projects that promote diversity, resiliency, and sustainability in the industry.
INDUSTRY PROMOTION AND SERVICE TO AGRICULTURE: Supporting innovative communications, development, and quality of life initiatives that serve South Dakota agriculture through positive, proactive, and engaging messaging.
WORKING LANDS CONSERVATION: Supporting continued stewardship of our working lands and natural resources by partnering with existing organizations and initiatives to maintain a healthy support system in rural South Dakota.

Board Members

Nate Franzen

Bernie Christenson

Doug Berven

Greg Von Wald

James Walti

Jason Edleman

Nathan Jensen

Don Norton

Gary Cammack


Investing in the future of ag in South Dakota
The South Dakota Agricultural Foundation is invested by the SDCF and 4.5% of the average value is available for grants each year. As the fund grows, so does our ability to make a local impact. Sometimes donors have questions about how to give back to an industry that has supported them throughout their lifetime. If you would like to give back to Ag, but are not sure where to begin, contact the SDCF. Gifts may come in many forms: 

Commodity (Grain, corn, cattle)
Land Sale (Offset capital gains tax)
Land Management (allow us to manage your land for the benefit of the South Dakota Ag Foundation)
Automatic Bank Transfers
Cars, Coins, Collectables
Gift of Stock
Gift of Insurance Benefits
Gift of Retirement Benefits
Leave a family legacy by remembering Ag in your estate

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