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South Dakota Crop Improvement Association (SDCIA) was formed in 1925 through consolidation of the SD Corn Growers and Breeders Association, founded in 1906, the SD Grain Growers Association, organized in 1910, and the SD Experiment Association, established in 1912. The Association has headquarters in Brookings, where it is housed within the Plant Science Department in the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University (SDSU).
SDCIA has a 12 member board. Two representatives are elected from each of the three geographic regions and four are elected to serve at large. Also, the Dean of the College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences at SDSU or his/her designee holds a non-voting position on the Board. The executive director serves ex-officio as secretary-treasurer and is also a non-voting position. The board elects officers each year and has several standing committees.
County Crop Improvement Associations are organized within the counties and elect their own directors and officers.
SDCIA was formed and is directed by its members as an effective voice of action in all aspects of producing and marketing agricultural crops, including the promotion of agricultural research and education of members.
The delivery of research through the release of public crop varieties has been, and remains, a major focus. Seed is a product of research and the delivery vehicle for new and improved genetics. While seed is basic to life and good seed is basic to sound agricultural growth and prosperity, it is not the only reason for the Association's existence. Only a portion of the members actively produce varieties for sale as certified seed. While the organization has evolved through many changes over the years, including changes in its name, its motive has remained the same: To foster a more stable agriculture for the state of South Dakota.
The stability of the Association has been fostered by keen interest in research and education from within. As members learned from personal experience how they and their neighbors could benefit from research and education, they expanded these programs for the betterment of agriculture. The Association's strength depends not on a huge, but in a stable membership.
While SDCIA supports all aspects of crop production, its primary focus is in these areas:
Article II of the SDCIA Constitution states that the organization shall be operated to promote the interests of South Dakota agriculture by increasing the efficiency of farm crop production and the income derived from it through improved varieties, high-quality seed, plant disease control and sound agricultural practices. The Constitution specifies these functions: