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SD Gov. Daugaard and Ag Secretary Bones Tour South Dakota Wheat Growers Facilities

Date Posted: December 19, 2011

Aberdeen, SD—South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones got a first-hand look at Wheat Growers’ operations this week.

Governor Daugaard and Secretary Bones toured the Wheat Growers cooperative headquarters in Aberdeen and traveled to Andover to see one of the cooperative’s newest and state-of-the-industry grain handling facilities in operation.

Wheat Growers CEO Dale Locken and several other Wheat Growers executives and employees provided information along the way.

“We were very pleased that Governor Daugaard and Secretary Bones took time out of their busy schedules to pay us a visit,” Locken said.

“We provided them with a close-up look at how our facilities and people provide service and value to our producer-members.

"In fact, several of our members from the area had a chance to meet and visit with both men as well.”

The Governor was impressed with what he saw and heard, especially regarding Wheat Growers’ investment in rural development.

“I’m really grateful for the Wheat Growers investment in grain handling facilities and storage facilities,” Governor Daugaard said, “because as our crop production goes up it’s good to have an organization like Wheat Growers willing to invest in the equipment and facilities to manage and transport the crops.”

Secretary Bones noted that Wheat Growers is playing a key role in the continued growth of agricultural production in the region.

“It’s a reflection of what the producers are doing in this country,” Secretary Bones said.

“Wheat Growers has responded well to the increasing demands of production in this state.

"South Dakota is one of the huge new grain origination areas in the United States. We are truly a growth area for grain production.

"All in all, South Dakota is well positioned to help feed the world.”

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