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.

David Kruger

David Kruger

Twin Brooks, SD

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

Dan Forgey - Advisor

Dan Forgey - Advisor

Gettysburg, SD

Bryan Jorgensen - Advisor

Bryan Jorgensen - Advisor

Ideal, SD

Ally Binger, Youth Advisor

Ally Binger, Youth Advisor

Cutler Michalski, Youth Advisor

Cutler Michalski, Youth Advisor

News & Events

Soil Health School offers life-changing networking opportunities

Soil Health School offers life-changing networking opportunities

By Stan Wise In 2019, Mitchell, SD, producer Mike Blaalid found like-minded producers and experts at the South Dakota Soil Health School, and meeting them helped him make some big changes in his operation. “I just had specific ideas I wanted to see what they thought...

Healthy land management can prevent dust storms

Healthy land management can prevent dust storms

By Stan Wise South Dakota Soil Health Coalition PIERRE – In the past month, dust storms have been making headlines across the western United States, including South Dakota. Blowing soil has created driving hazards due to low visibility, and accumulated wind-blown silt...

Living roots: Fighting soil compaction with biology and diversity

Living roots: Fighting soil compaction with biology and diversity

By Stan Wise As farm equipment has modernized, it has become much larger. That extra horsepower comes at a cost – and not just the one on the sticker. “Back in the day, they weren’t recommending any more than 5 tons per axle,” South Dakota State University Soils Field...