Travis Mockler operates a diversified farming enterprise near Centerville, where he raises corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and stock cows in addition to operating a custom haying service. He joined the South Dakota Corn Growers Association board of directors in 2009.
Mockler grew up on a dairy farm east of Vermillion. Following a couple of years of post-secondary education at Iowa Lakes Community College and South Dakota State University, Mockler returned to his hometown area and worked as a hired man for local producers for 10 years. He eventually developed an independent farming operation.
“With a lot of luck and good neighbors, I am able to be farming today,” Mockler said. “I love watching things grow and I couldn’t honestly imagine doing anything else.”
He believes the most important issues facing today’s corn producers are the cost of production, volatile markets and keeping end users.
In addition to his role on the SDCGA board, Mockler is a Clay County commissioner, and is involved with the Pleasant Valley and Dalesburg Dike Association and the UCY Pork Producers.
Mockler and his wife, Jill, have two daughters: Lacey and Kylie. In his spare time, Mockler enjoys golfing and relaxing.