Justin Minnaert of Madison joined the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council board of directors in spring of 2018. He represents District 2, which is comprised of Lake, Miner, Minnehaha and Moody counties.
Minnaert, a Chester High School graduate, earned a degree in ag business from Lake Area Technical Institute. He grows corn and soybeans and has a cow-calf operation with his dad, Kevin. Like many farm kids, he developed a natural interest in farming at a young age.
“I started farming when my legs were long enough to reach the pedals on the tractor,” he says. “I always wanted to farm and was fortunate enough to return to my family’s farm right out of college in 2013 as my Grandpa Ron began to slow down.”
He chose farming as a profession because it is constantly changing. “I enjoy that every year brings new challenges and possibilities to improve on the past.”
Minnaert says the most important issue facing today’s farmers is the disconnect between growers and consumers, which continues to widen. Consumer misconceptions of why farmers grow crops the way they do is casting farmers in a negative light. He says we need to shrink the gap in order for new technologies to be met with less public resistance.
In his spare time, Justin likes to run with his wife, Kendra, and their golden retriever, Sadie. He also enjoys riding a dirt bike and Harley.