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South Dakota Crop Improvement Association Records


South Dakota Crop Improvement Association Records

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MA 29


South Dakota Crop Improvement Association Records


South Dakota Crop Improvement Association


1923-1973, 2000


3.46 linear feet (4 boxes) photographs




South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.

Access note

This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Preferred Citation

Name of item . South Dakota Crop Improvement Association records. MA 29. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.


The South Dakota Crop Improvement Association acts as a voice of action in all aspects of producing and marketing agricultural crops, including the promotion of agricultural research and education of members. The collection is composed of records of the South Dakota Crop Improvement Association. Records consist mainly of minutes, agendas, and programs from meetings, crop shows, and banquets.

Historical Note

The South Dakota Crop Improvement Association began as the South Dakota Corn Growers and Corn Breeders Association in September of 1906. It was originally intended to be a temporary organization to improve corn cultivation in South Dakota. However, after the first crop show, the members decided to make the organization permanent, and A.E. Chamberlain of Howard was selected to be the first President.

In 1909, the name was changed to the South Dakota Corn Growers and Grain Growers Association due to the organization’s new focus on improving all grain types grown in South Dakota. In 1924 they decided to merge with the South Dakota Experimental Association, an organization created to test and disseminate new crop varieties, and in 1925, the entire group was renamed the South Dakota Crop Improvement Association.

Since 1925, the SDCIA has continued to work towards the improvement of South Dakota’s seed crops. They have created various groups and committees to work on the testing and certification of seed, such as the Seed Council of South Dakota in 1928 and the Foundation Seed Stocks Corporation in 1944. A state crop show and membership meeting is held annually by the organization to help farmers learn about new seed varieties and farming practices. They have also helped create many county-level associations of the SDCIA to help with agricultural education and the maintenance of pure, certified seed.

Contents Note

This collection consists mainly of minutes and agendas from meetings of the SDCIA, along with the programs, letters, reports and pamphlets that were dealt with in each meeting. The minutes include minutes from the annual meetings, board of directors meetings, committee meetings and district meetings. There are programs for the annual meetings, crop shows and banquets. The letters include correspondence with members of the Crop Improvement Associations of other states and with the national Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies, as well as between SDCIA members. The reports include financial reports and statements, and also reports on the activities of the organization. The pamphlets include the SDCIA newsletter (The Crop Improvement Reporter), CIA newsletters from the surrounding states, booklets of weed laws, and seed certification manuals. In addition there is a history article that was prepared for the agency’s 75th anniversary in the year 2000.

The collection also contains photographs. These are primarily photos of the various crop shows and field days held by the SDCIA.

Key Words

Agriculture -- South Dakota

Johnson, Raymond P.

Norgaard, U.J.

Seeds -- Certification -- South Dakota

Seeds -- South Dakota -- Societies, etc.

South Dakota Crop Improvement Association

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South Dakota Crop Improvement Association Records Container List. MA 29
1175th Anniversary article2000
12American Thermoplastic Company1963
13Annual meeting1923
14Annual meeting1927-1928
15Annual meeting1936
16Annual meeting1937
17Annual meeting1938
18Annual meeting1939
19Annual meeting1941
110Annual meeting1941
111Annual meeting1943
112Annual meeting1943-1944
113Annual meeting1945
114Annual meeting1946
115Annual meeting1946
116Annual meeting1948
117Annual meeting1948
118Annual meeting1949
119Annual meeting1950
120Annual meeting1952
121Annual meeting1955
122Annual meeting1957
123Annual meeting1958
124Annual meeting1959
125Annual meeting1960
126Annual meeting1961
127Annual meeting - Crop Show1962
128Annual meeting1963
129Annual meeting1964
130Annual meeting1965
131Annual meeting1966
132Annual meeting - Resolutions1966
133Annual meeting - Crop Show1967
134Annual meeting - Crop Show1967
135Annual meeting - Crop Show1969
136Annual meeting - Banquet and evening program1970
137Annual meeting - Business meeting1970
138Annual meeting - Crop Show1970
139Annual meeting - Board of Directors meeting1970
140Annual meeting - Fair booth1970
141Annual meeting - Program1970
142Annual meeting1971
143Annual meeting - Banquet1971
144Annual meeting - Board of Directors meeting1971
145Annual meeting - Crop Show1971
146Annual meeting1972
147Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies1969-1970
148Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies1971
149Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies1972
150Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies1973
151Board of Directors meeting1928
152Board of Directors meeting1930-1932
153Board of Directors meeting1933
154Board of Directors meeting1934
155Board of Directors meeting1935
156Board of Directors meeting1936
157Board of Directors meeting1936
158Board of Directors meeting1939
159Board of Directors meeting1940
160Board of Directors meeting1940
161Board of Directors meeting1944
162Board of Directors meeting1945
163Board of Directors meeting1946
164Board of Directors meeting1946
165Board of Directors meeting1946
166Board of Directors meeting1947
167Board of Directors meeting1948
168Board of Directors meeting1948
169Board of Directors meeting1949
170Board of Directors meeting1950
171Board of Directors meeting1950
172Board of Directors meeting1951
173Board of Directors meeting1951
174Board of Directors meeting1952
175Board of Directors meeting1952
176Board of Directors meeting1953
177Board of Directors meeting1953
178Board of Directors meeting1953
179Board of Directors meeting1955
180Board of Directors meeting1955
181Board of Directors meeting1955
21Board of Directors meeting1956
22Board of Directors meeting1956
23Board of Directors meeting1956
24Board of Directors meeting1956
25Board of Directors meeting1957
26Board of Directors meeting1958
27Board of Directors meeting1958
28Board of Directors meeting1958
29Board of Directors meeting1959
210Board of Directors meeting1960
211Board of Directors meeting1961
212Board of Directors meeting1961
213Board of Directors meeting1962
214Board of Directors meeting1962
215Board of Directors meeting1962
216Board of Directors meeting1963
217Board of Directors meeting1964
218Board of Directors meeting1965
219Board of Directors meeting1966
220Board of Directors meeting1967
221Board of Directors meeting1967
222Board of Directors meeting1968
223Board of Directors meeting1968
224Board of Directors meeting1969
225Board of Directors meeting1969
226Board of Directors meeting1970
227Board of Directors meeting1971
228Board of Directors meeting1972
229Board of Directors meeting1972
230Board of Directors meeting2000
231Brief information on production of certified seedundated
233Business meeting1963
234Business meeting1969
235Certification Committee meeting1939
236Certification Committee meeting1940
237Certification Committee meeting1942
238Certification Committee meeting1944
239Certification Committee meeting1946
240Certification Committee and Foundation Seed Stocks Committee meeting1947
241Certification Committee meeting1949
242Certification Committee meeting1951
243Certification Committee meeting1953
244Certification Committee meeting1958
245Certification Committee meeting1959
246Certification Committee meeting1960
247Certification Committee meeting1962
248Certification Committee meeting1963
249Certified Growers - South East District1972
250Conference on State Seed Law and Certification Seed Regulations1941
252County Association correspondence and reports1966
253Crop and soils work report1927
254Crop Improvement Association Membership meeting1934
255Crop Improvement Association Membership meeting1935
256Crop improvement information1966
257Crop Show1929
258Crop Show1963
259Crop Show1972
260Crop Show Committee1969
261District Meetings1964
262District Meetings1964
263District Meetings1965
264District Meetings1966
265District Meetings1967
266District Meetings1968
267District Meetings1969
268District Meetings1970
269District Meetings1971
270District Meetings1972
271Education and Promotion Committee report1964
272Executive Committee meeting1965
273Field registered crop varieties1965
274Financial papers1939-1941
275Foreign imports1964
276Foundation Seed Stock Division1946-1957
277Fund Raising Committee meetingundated
278Legislative Committee meeting1942
279Legislative Committee meeting1965-1966
280Legislative Committee meeting1962
281Legislative Committee meeting1969
282Legislative Committee report1964
283L.O. Fine article1964
284Marketing Committee meeting1965-1966
285Minneapolis Extension Conference1953
290New varieties1968
291North Central Outdoor Advertising Sales, Inc.1965-1966
31Orders for lapel pins1965
32Photographs - Crop show, Field days, Seed samples, agricultural equipment, Future Farmers of America, annual meetings, awards1926, 1949-1972, undated
33Price Committee1969-1972
34Price Committee recommendations1968
35Report of acres approved for certification in 1970 by seed certifying agencies1970
36Report of acres approved for certification in 1971 by seed certifying agencies1971
37Seed Certification News (newsletter)1965-1966
38Seed Certification Project outline1963
39Seed Certification Standards, South Dakota1961
310Seed Certification: Trueness to variety tests (Agronomy farm)1962
311State Fair1971-1972
312State Fair booth and Certified Seed Show1966
313Study Committee1971
314Uniform Planundated
315Uniform Release Plan1964
316Yield Explorer Club1968
41South Dakota Certified Seed sack "The Emblem of Good seeds"undated
42South Dakota Certified Seed sack "The Emblem of Good seeds"undated

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Researchers conducting extensive research are asked to make an advance appointment to access archival material. Please call or e-mail prior to visiting the collection and indicate as much detail as possible about a particular topic and intended use.

South Dakota State University supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted as a result of their fragile condition or by contractual agreements with donors.

Copyright note

Copyright restrictions apply in different ways to different materials. Many of the documents and other historical materials in the Archives are in the public domain and may be reproduced and used in any way. There are other materials in the Archive carrying a copyright interest and must be used according to the provisions of Title 17 of the U.S. Code. The Archive issues a warning concerning copyright restrictions to every researcher who requests copies of documents. Although the copyright law is under constant redefinition in the courts, it is ultimately the responsibility of the researcher to properly use copyrighted material.

Arranged and Described by

Kristen Anderson, 2000 May 24. Additions made by Crystal Gamradt, 2009 April 29.