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.    

Secretary of Agriculture, Lucas Lentsch, discusses the vision of the South Dakota Agricultural Foundation on SD Ag Chat.  


The South Dakota Agricultural Foundation was created to invest in the future of South Dakota agriculture through a focus on education, innovation, diversification, action and opportunity.  


To be a relevant, positive, proactive force for change and growth in agriculture.  

Advisory Council

Any initiative of this size requires a diligent group of leaders around the table. A volunteer advisory council will be responsible for the growth of the South Dakota Agricultural Foundation and future grant distribution recommendations. These leaders have a passion for seeing agriculture continue to grow as South Dakota's largest industry. Advisory council members include:

Bernie Christenson - Retired South Dakota Community Foundation Executive
Bill Even - CEO, National Pork Board
Nate Franzen - President/Agri-Business Division of First Dakota National Bank
Christine Hamilton - Co-Owner and Managing Partner of Christiansen Land and Cattle, Ltd.
Nathan Jensen - Chief Financial Officer of Meadowvale Dairy, LLC
Bob Schmidt - Senior Vice President with Farm Credit Services of America in South Dakota
Bob Sutton - Executive Vice President and Director of Human Resources at Avera Health
Greg Von Wald - Executive Direcor of the South Dakota Skilled Workforce Advocacy Council
James Walti - Partner at Stulken, Petersen, Lingle, Walti & Jones, LL

Giving back to Agriculture 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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