Terms Served: 2015-2016, 2017-2019 Vice Chairman, 2020- Chairman
Levi Neuharth current Chairman of the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition, his wife Crystal and his family, farm approximately 2,500 acres of land with an additional 3,000 acres of grassland which is custom grazed. Some of the many soil health practices incorporated into his operation include: utilizing No-Till; diversifying crop rotations to include a wide variety of small grains such as winter wheat, spring wheat, oats, peas, milo, sunflowers, as well as hay barley; incorporating livestock through custom grazing and utilizing rotational grazing; as well as planting cover crops. Neuharth’s were recognized by the Society of Range Management (SRM) for the management excellence. “The Neuharth’s get it! When you step foot on their operation, you can see first hand what great management looks like.” stated April Boltjes, USDA/NRCS Soil Conservationist in Pierre.
When asked which of these soil health practices he believes has made the most difference on his farm Neuharth insists that it is impossible to identify just one. He believes that in order to be successful the practices must be utilized together. As someone who grew up with a No-Till background, mimicking nature to the best of his abilities is extremely important to this soil health advocate. In the future Neuharth hopes to continue to learn new soil health techniques, work to limit necessary inputs, as well as incorporate more livestock throughout his operation.