Board Members

Levi Neuharth

Levi Neuharth

Fort Pierre, SD

Levi Neuharth, Vice Chairman of the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition, and wife Crystal Neuharth hosted an educational field day at their farm near Fort Pierre on October 4th 2017.

Shawn Freeland

Shawn Freeland

Caputa, SD

Shawn Freeland, his wife Kristy and their two daughters live on their farm in Caputa where they run a cow/calf operation, stockers, registered Black Angus, beef finishing, as well as produce irrigated livestock forage.

Terry Ness

Terry Ness

Pierre, SD

Terry Ness, Secretary/Treasurer, is a founding board member of the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition.

Dennis Hoyle

Dennis Hoyle

Roscoe, SD

Dennis Hoyle, current Chairman of the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition, has been a member of the board since its beginning in 2015.

Doug Sieck

Doug Sieck

Selby, SD

Doug Sieck, past Chairman and current board member, is the owner and operator of Deep Root Ranch in North Central South Dakota.

Dan Forgey

Dan Forgey

Gettysburg, SD

Dan Forgey has been an active member of the SD Soil Health Coalition Board for two and half years, beginning in 2016.

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

Frankfort, SD

Van Mansheim

Van Mansheim

Colome, SD

Van Mansheim, current Board Member, was elected to the Board in January 2021.

Candice Mizera,

Candice Mizera,

McLaughlin, SD

Ally Binger, Youth Advisor

Ally Binger, Youth Advisor

I am involved in SDSU State-A-Thon, SDSU LeadState, SDSU Trio Program, and am a member of Tulare United Church. I also plan to join the SDSU Agronomy Club in the fall of 2019.

Cutler Michalski, Youth Advisor

Cutler Michalski, Youth Advisor

News & Events

Bus tour to feature soil health, conservation practices

Bus tour to feature soil health, conservation practices

PIERRE, SD – A two-day bus tour beginning in Spink County on Aug. 3 is sure to appeal to people with an interest in soil health, conservation practices and regenerative agriculture. The tour will visit Menoken Farm, a conservation demonstration farm near Bismarck, ND,...

Workshop to help producers manage saline soils

Workshop to help producers manage saline soils

PIERRE, SD – Many producers have unproductive areas in their fields due to saline or sodic soils. If not managed correctly, those areas cost producers money and can grow larger over time. On July 28, the Opportunities for Saline Cropland workshop will be held near...

Soil Health School: Changing farms, changing lives

Soil Health School: Changing farms, changing lives

By Stan Wise South Dakota Soil Health Coalition It’s hard to know which events will change the course of a person’s life. For Austin Carlson, one of those events was Soil Health School. In 2018, a neighbor invited him and his father to attend the 3-day School. Now,...