Shane Odegaard from Lake Preston, South Dakota is serving as the President on the board representing District II. Shane live near Lake Preston, South Dakota and is a father of four daughters and his family operates Odegaard family farms. Which is a diversified farming operation where they raise hogs and cattle and grow corn and soybeans. In Shane’s free time he is very active in his community, volunteer for the local 4-H group, Lake Preston Economic development board, and a Lake Preston Chamber of Commerce member. He is also a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 63.
First Vice President
Adam Krause from Clear Lake, South Dakota is serving as the first vice president on the board representing District II. Adam farms with his father where they grow corn, soybeans and wheat, while he operates a nursey barn. Adam’s wife Taylor is currently the school secretary at Deuel high school in Clear Lake. In their free time they love giving back to their community. Taylor is a Sunday school teacher, while Adam is on the trustees committee for their church. Adam also enjoys helping the youth and varsity wrestling programs at the local school.
Second Vice President
Greg Feenstra is representing District 1 on the board. Greg lives in Huron, South Dakota and is currently employed at Heartland Pork in Alpena. Greg has a daughter and son. In Greg’s free time he coached his daughter’s softball team and son’s baseball team.
Craig Andersen is currently serving as the past president on the board representing District IV. Craig and his wife Gail live near Centerville, South Dakota where they grow corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. They have three children Tyler, Emily, Jacob and his wife Heather and 2 grandchildren. All the kids are involved with the family farm. Craig also represents South Dakota on the National Pork Producers Council Board of Directors.
Lenny GrossSpring Creek Colony, Forbes, ND
Lenny Gross is representing District 1 on the board.
Paul WipfSpink Colony, Frankfort
Paul Wipf is representing District 1 on the board. Paul and his wife Jolene live near Frankfort, South Dakota. They live on the Spink Colony where the colony grows grain, and raises hogs, dairy and beef cattle. Paul and Jolene have six children. On the colony Paul is the manager along with being the secretary and treasurer.
Jason FosterGarden City
Jason Foster represents District 2 on the board. Jason lives near Garden City, South Dakota where he farms with his dad. They grow corn and soybeans and raise pigs and beef cattle. In Jason’s free time he is active in his county 4-H leader association and a member of the Lake Area Tech Large Animal Advisory Board. He also enjoys going and helping with the Jr. Swine shows across the state.
Dan Howell is representing District 2. Dan and his wife Ann live near Volga, SD where they have four children. Ann works for Wetland Specialist, where she does consulting. Dan farms with his dad, Kent and his uncle Craig, where they grow corn and soybeans. Dan has been custom feeding 1,900 hogs since January of 2014. In Dan’s spare time, he enjoys golfing and fishing and has been involved with the Volga Fire Dept., where he is currently an EMT and has been a volunteer fireman since 2011.
Brooke Heisinger is a board member representing District 3. Brooke lives near Scotland, South Dakota with her husband Jared and their daughter. Jared works at a bank full time as an agricultural loan officer, but spends his free time helping on the farm. They are fourth generation grain farmers and raise hogs and beef cattle on their family farm with Brooke’s parents. In their free time they love to spend time outdoors, rather it be working in the yard or spending the day on the boat. They are involved in their church and help with promoting agriculture in their local community.
Brent Greenway is a board member representing District 3. He is a 4th generation farmer who lives in Mitchell, SD with his wife Mollie. Brent works on a diversified farm with his parents and their employee Thomas where they raise pigs and cattle and grow soybeans, corn, alfalfa and wheat. Our pig operation uses a couple of wean-to-finish pig barns and we utilize their on site feed mill to process the corn they raise every year. Mollie is a Registered Dietitian and does consultant work around the Mitchell area. In his free time Brent likes to work on projects in the shop.
Justin Rothschadel is on the board representing District 3. Justin and his wife Brittany live near Tyndall, South Dakota where they have two boys and a baby on the way. Justin farms with his dad where they grow corn, soybeans and winter wheat. On his own he has a cattle herd and a nursery and a finishing pig barn. Brittany works as a physical therapy doctor and in her free time she is the co-chairperson at their churches elementary religious ed. In Justin’s free time he sits on his church’s council, Knight of Columbus, and is on his county Planning and Zoning board.
Robert Rasmussen is representing District 4. Robert is from Hurley, South Dakota on a family farm where he farms with his two brothers Chris and Al, they grow crops and raise hogs and cattle. Robert has three children. In his free time, he is the president of the community club, on the county fair board, volunteer fireman, helps with Danish days and helps with the food pantry.
Shane Zylstra is representing District 4 on the board. Shane and his wife Lindsay live North of Beresford, South Dakota on a row crop farm where they also raise hogs. Shane and Lindsay have both grown up on a farm and now they are raising their three children on their farm. In their free time they are active in their church where Lindsay runs the North Star program and is the director of home school community group, while Shane is on the Deacon board.
Austin WillmsAkron, Iowa
Austin Willms is representing District 4 on the board. Austin and his wife Desirae live near Akron, Iowa where they grow corn, soybeans and alfalfa and they also raise cattle and hogs. Austin also runs his own trucking, custom manure application business and sells corn and soybean seed. Austin and Desirae have two daughters. In their free time they are on numerous boards in their community, helping with school activities and helping at their church.
Ashley Gelderman serves as an Allied Industry Representative on the board. Ashley grew up on a hog farm and now she and her husband Tony live near Hartford, South Dakota where they grow row crop and forages and raise beef cattle. Ashley works for Standard Nutrition as a monogastric nutritionist. She and Tony have three girls. In their free time, they help with South Dakota Master Pork Producer events and with FFA events at local and state level.
serves as an Allied Industry Representative on the board. He and his wife Tanya live near Brandon, South Dakota. He is the Hog Procurement Business Manager at Smithfield. They have three daughters; in Spencer’s free time he is on the property committee at their church and the sheep superintendent for Minnehaha County 4-H.
Colony at Large
Levi Wollman is representing the Colony At Large position on the board.
Dr. Bob Thaler
Dr. Bob Thaler
Dr. Bob Thaler represents South Dakota State University as an ex-officio board member. He currently lives near Brookings, South Dakota with his wife Karen. Bob is a Distinguished Professor at SDSU and is the SDSU Extension Swine Specialist. Bob also teaches a couple of classes and does production-focused research at the SDSU Swine Education and Research Facility. Karen is currently a 7th grade English teacher in Brookings. Bob and Karen have three children and six grandchildren. In Bob and Karen’s free time, they help at their church as well as go to SDSU events, and volunteer with the South Dakota Pork Producer and South Dakota Master Pork Producers events.
South Dakota Animal Industry Board
Steve Rommereim is serving on our board, as an ex-officio member as he represents South Dakota Pork Producer Council on the South Dakota Animal Industry Board. He served as the SDPPC president in 2009 and 2010 and has been on numerous committees. Steve served as the 2018-2019 National Pork Board president. He also serves on the US Animal Health Association as the 1st VP of the executive committee. Steve and his wife Charlotte live near Alcester, South Dakota on a crop and pig farm. They have two daughters and three grandchildren. Community involvement is very important to them they love cooking pork for many different events. Church gatherings, 4-H events and school activities are just a few of the many opportunities where they share their products and the story of hog production.