NEW BOARD PRESIDENT ELECTED AT AG UNITED
Richard Vasgaard of Centerville elected as President at Annual Meeting
SIOUX FALLS, SD – Agriculture United for South Dakota hosted their annual meeting in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at the Hilton Garden Inn South. At the board meeting Richard Vasgaard of Centerville was unanimously elected as the new President of Ag United for South Dakota.
Vasgaard’s interest in farming started young, and he has been active on the farm his entire life. After graduating from SDSU in 1972 with a degree in plant science, Vasgaard returned to the farm full time. Presently Vasgaard and his wife Joyce farm near Centerville with their son, Thomas, and Vasgaard’s father, John, helps out when he is able. On this family farm they raise corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. They also do custom silage cutting and other custom work.
Vasgaard became a member of the Ag United board as a representative from Farm Bureau four years ago. Vasgaard states, “I’m excited to take on a new role within the Ag United board because of the positive experience I’ve had in the past. I think it will be a great opportunity to work cooperatively with the many different segments of South Dakota agriculture.”
Community involvement is important to Vasgaard. He is active as a board member of Farm Bureau, the Chapter 21 Red Power Club, the Turner, Lincoln, and Clay Water District, his local church, and is the Supervisor for Turner Township.
Ag United was developed through a collaboration of farm organizations that support livestock production and development and includes the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, South Dakota Dairy Producers, South Dakota Farm Bureau, South Dakota Pork Producers Council, South Dakota Poultry Industries Association and the South Dakota Soybean Association.