Member Information

Name:  Heather Beaner
Position:  Director
City:  Mellette
Term End Date:  6/30/2021
Biography:
Heather grew up on a farm but never expected to become a farmer. She graduated from law school at the University of South Dakota, then joined the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps and spent 12 years on active duty, stationed in England, Korea, Italy, Texas and finally back in South Dakota. She has been involved in almost 100 trials as both a prosecutor and defense counsel and gained experience in international law, military operations law and government ethics. In 2011, the farm life beckoned, and Heather moved back to Mellette to get married and take over the family farm from her father. While some days she wishes she had an agronomy degree instead of a law degree, she is grateful for the many organizations, including the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, that are available to help her become a better farmer.
Board Member Photo Name:  Craig Converse
Position:  Director
City:  Brookings
Term End Date:  6/30/2022
Biography:
Craig Converse, a farmer from Brookings, S.D., was elected to serve on the South Dakota soybean checkoff board in 2013. Craig was also the 2013 SD Young Leader Representative. The American Soybean Association/DuPont Young Leader Young Leader program is designed to develop leadership skills and educate on important issues impacting agriculture today. As part of the Young Leader program, Converse had the opportunity to serve on the SDSA board for one year. Converse and his wife Jennifer raise soybeans, corn and cattle on their farm. He also holds both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agronomy from South Dakota State University, and is a certified crop consultant. When not farming, Craig enjoys spending time with his three children, traveling and wood working.
Name:  Jason Frerichs
Position:  Director
City:  Wilmot
Term End Date:  6/30/2023
Biography:
Jason is a fourth generation farmer/rancher who raises soybeans, corn, wheat, alfalfa and beef cattle near Wilmot, SD. The farm is operated by Jason and his brother Aaron along with their parents Kent and Faye and brother Ryan. Jason and his wife Ashley have a two year old daughter Elizabeth. He served ten years in the state legislature before being term-limited in 2018. During his time in Pierre he was part of the team effort to identify funding for the new Raven Precision Agriculture Building at our Land Grant University. Jason is passionate about the potential for increased uses of soy products for food consumption and industrial uses. Jason was appointed in 2019 by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to the United Soybean Board where he serves on the sustainability demand action team. FFA has played a crucial role in Jason’s career having served as a State FFA Officer along with being named the American Star in Agricultural Placement.
Board Member Photo Name:  Todd Hanten
Position:  Secretary
City:  Goodwin
Term End Date:  6/30/2021
Biography:
Todd Hanten farms soybeans, corn, wheat and alfalfa near Goodwin, S.D. Hanten also operated a successful dairy farm for 28 years. He was elected to serve on the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council board in 2015. Hanten is also a former ASA DuPont Young Leader.
Board Member Photo Name:  Michael McCranie
Position:  Director
City:  Claremont
Term End Date:  6/30/2022
Biography:
Michael McCranie is a 4th generation farmer in the Claremont area, farming some of the same land his great grandfather homesteaded in 1881. He and his wife Monica have two sons, Matthew and Mitchell who also actively farm. Michael feels that being a member of and serving on farm organizations is important to the future of agriculture. He is a member of the Claremont United Methodist Church, the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, the South Dakota Soybean Association, the American Soybean Association, South Dakota Farmers Union and the Lower Crow Creek Drainage District. Michael served as a director on the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, holding secretary/treasurer, Vice Chairman and Chairman positions. He was also a director on the United Soybean Board serving on the Domestic Marketing Committee and as Vice Chair of the International Marketing Committee and a director on the National Biodiesel Board where he was Chairman of the Research Committee which worked to g
Board Member Photo Name:  Tim Ostrem
Position:  Chairman
City:  Centerville
Term End Date:  6/30/2023
Biography:
Tim Ostrem has been farming and raising cattle near Centerville, S.D. since 1976 with his family. Tim has previously served on the Centerville Township Board as clerk for 28 years and the Centerville School Board for 10 years. When not farming, Tim spends time with his wife of 39 years Kari, his 3 grown children and his 6 grandkids, and sings in a barbershop chorus.
Board Member Photo Name:  Dawn Scheier
Position:  Treasurer
City:  Salem
Term End Date:  6/30/2022
Biography:
Dawn Scheier currently farms full time with her husband Pat in Salem, SD. Scheier Farms is a 4th generation farm where they raise corn and soybeans. Dawn received her education from ISU in animal science and is also a graduate of the South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership Program. Besides being active on the farm, Dawn has over 23 years of experience working in agriculture businesses outside of the family farm. Some of the positions she has held for agricultural companies include Credit Manager and also National Sales Manager. Dawn has become an active and passionate volunteer with CommonGround, which is a consumer outreach group that helps start conversations about farming and food. Dawn is currently the St. Mary’s Church Alter Society VP, SCW Treasurer, a SD Corn Growers Assn. member, and a SD Soybean Assn. member. Some of her past experiences include 5 years on the Farm Credit Nominating Committee, and serving on the Salem St. Mary’s Church and School Finance Board. She is a strong su
Board Member Photo Name:  David Struck
Position:  Vice Chairman
City:  Wolsey
Term End Date:  6/30/2021
Biography:
David Struck is a fourth-generation soybean, corn and wheat grower who farms with his wife, Brenda, son Brady and dad, Duane.

Actively involved in the day-to-day activities of his family farm since childhood – he started running tractors when he was 10 – farming is the only career Struck ever considered.

Struck wanted to serve on the SDSRPC board because, “it’s an opportunity to make a difference promoting South Dakota soybeans and the farmers who raise them.”
He adds that the promotional work SDSRPC engages in is essential to improving soybean markets today and into the future. “Most consumers are too far removed from the farm and don’t realize what it takes to produce food. The American farmer is good at what we do, which means most Americans don’t need to worry about where their food comes from. Because the SDSRPC board is made up of farmers, we have first-hand knowledge of the work that goes into raising our quality product and can help get our story out.”
Name:  Ardon Wek
Position:  Director
City:  Freeman
Term End Date:  6/30/2023
Biography:
Bio coming soon