Terry Ness, Pierre, SD

Terms Served: 2015-2018 Secretary Treasurer

Terry Ness, Secretary/Treasurer, is a founding board member of the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition. He is also a thirty year member of the Hughes County Conservation District Board, and serves on the Hughes County Weed Board, SD Pulse Council, SD Pulse Growers Board, SD No-Till Association Board, and Dakota Lamb Growers Board. Ness operates a diverse cropping system with a 500 ewe farm flock and has been continuously no-till for the last 26 years. Additional soil health practices he utilizes include cover crops and livestock integration.

 

When asked about his vision for the future of soil health Ness says “I would like to see soil health practices in place on every acre in the US. My personal goal is to leave all my land in better shape than when I started managing it and have some of my descendants operating it.”