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SD Center for Farm & Ranch Management hires Chris Downs & Will Walter as instructors

The South Dakota Center for Farm and Ranch Business Management announces the addition of two new instructors to their educational staff based at Mitchell Technical Institute. The two new instructors were hired to help the program expand to all areas of eastern South Dakota.

Will Walter, a farmer and past participant in their farm business management program, will be serving farm families currently enrolled, as well as recruiting additional area producers in eastern South Dakota.

Chris Downs, who has been involved in agriculture all of his life, most recently in the seed industry, will be assuming the responsibilities of retired instructor Calvin Pietz. Chris will be working with farm families in south central South Dakota currently enrolled in the program.



Dawn Melikant, another Farm Business Management instructor, based out of Aberdeen, covers Northeast South Dakota for the program.

Long-time instructor Roger DeRouchey, the head of the South Dakota Center for Farm and Ranch Management program, works with farmers in the Mitchell area and some in the southeastern part of the state.



“The program is the hidden gem of agriculture management in the State. The average net cash income of participants in the program is 35 percent higher and net cash income per acre is 3 percent higher than that of those South Dakota producers not participating in the program, according to the USDA/NASS Census. The resources that our instructors provide to individual farm families in helping them achieve success are invaluable. I firmly believe this expansion will be a great asset for the entire state when completed,” said MTI President Greg Von Wald.

Further expansion is planned throughout South Dakota by increasing the number of farm families participating and by adding another instructor in western South Dakota in 2012. The Farm and Ranch Business Management program has partnered with Farm Credit Services of America to help with farm family recruitment and the use of office space in their regional centers. The South Dakota Pork Producers Council, South Dakota Wheat Commission, South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council have also partnered with Mitchell Technical Institute to ensure that the expansion is successful.

The South Dakota Center for Farm and Ranch Business Management announces the addition of two new instructors to their educational staff based at Mitchell Technical Institute. The two new instructors were hired to help the program expand to all areas of eastern South Dakota.

Will Walter, a farmer and past participant in their farm business management program, will be serving farm families currently enrolled, as well as recruiting additional area producers in eastern South Dakota.

Chris Downs, who has been involved in agriculture all of his life, most recently in the seed industry, will be assuming the responsibilities of retired instructor Calvin Pietz. Chris will be working with farm families in south central South Dakota currently enrolled in the program.

Dawn Melikant, another Farm Business Management instructor, based out of Aberdeen, covers Northeast South Dakota for the program.

Long-time instructor Roger DeRouchey, the head of the South Dakota Center for Farm and Ranch Management program, works with farmers in the Mitchell area and some in the southeastern part of the state.

“The program is the hidden gem of agriculture management in the State. The average net cash income of participants in the program is 35 percent higher and net cash income per acre is 3 percent higher than that of those South Dakota producers not participating in the program, according to the USDA/NASS Census. The resources that our instructors provide to individual farm families in helping them achieve success are invaluable. I firmly believe this expansion will be a great asset for the entire state when completed,” said MTI President Greg Von Wald.

Further expansion is planned throughout South Dakota by increasing the number of farm families participating and by adding another instructor in western South Dakota in 2012. The Farm and Ranch Business Management program has partnered with Farm Credit Services of America to help with farm family recruitment and the use of office space in their regional centers. The South Dakota Pork Producers Council, South Dakota Wheat Commission, South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council have also partnered with Mitchell Technical Institute to ensure that the expansion is successful.


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