Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives
Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives

Kurt Stiefvater
Farmer and Industry Leader

Salem, South Dakota
Farm Credit Affiliation
Farm Credit Services of America
Kurt's Perspective

As a farmer and agricultural leader, Kurt Stiefvater has established himself as a positive influence for current and future generations.

As the chairman of the Adult Farm Management Program and chairman of the Advisory Board for the South Dakota Center for Farm/Ranch Management, Kurt generously shares his knowledge and experiences. He is dedicated to promoting the center’s goals as well as those of the South Dakota Agricultural Rural Leadership program.

“From my earliest memories, I have always wanted to farm, and I thoroughly enjoy the variety of the day-to-day tasks of running a diversified farming operation,” Kurt says. “As I grew to understand my parents' involvement and leadership roles in organizations at the local, state, and national levels, I gained the wisdom that involvement is vital to passing knowledge and leadership to the next generation.”

Kurt served as a state officer of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, meeting regularly with state and national legislators to promote beneficial legislation. His leadership and continuous involvement help promote programs and reflect his commitment to helping others succeed. He is also a current member of the USDA Agricultural Research Station advisory board and South Dakota Crop Improvement Association as a certified seed producer, and is one of the first of this generation of local farmers to implement a three crop rotation program.

“I strive to achieve improved land and livestock productivity under my stewardship. Sharing my experiences of different farming techniques and continuing involvement in organizations that promote the agriculture industry may encourage others to advance their own farming practices,” says Kurt. “I also want to inform consumers of the importance of food production in our world, and through involvement in numerous organizations, I will continue to use the opportunity provided to communicate and educate.”

Kurt also serves on the McCook Central School Board, and as a former FFA member and officer, continues to actively support the local chapter. Kurt is also a Township board supervisor, a member of Soybean Processors, a Knights of Columbus treasurer, and served as treasurer for three years for South Dakota Ag United.

“We are heading into exciting times in agriculture to provide food and fuel for a growing world population,” Kurt says. “The advancement of precision ag technology and the genetic improvement of seeds and animals will keep revolutionizing agriculture production. With these technology advancements, we will extend our resources for the future generations. And with continued solid leadership, the agricultural industry will continue to thrive.”

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