Career Opportunities for Young Producers

The following opportunities are available for young producers interested in learning regenerative agriculture practices while working. Some of these opportunities could result in the chance to take over an existing operation.

Farming/Ranching – Wessington Springs, SD

Kolousek Farms of Wessington Springs, SD, is looking for an individual to help with their farming/ranching operation. We are a diversified operation running approximately 600-700 mother cows, some yearlings and farming 800 acres. This person would ideally be a graduate of a college/tech school with schooling in grassland management or something similar. This position would put the right person in a role to make decisions – and implement those decisions – for Kolousek Farms regarding pasture management/rotation and how to better improve and utilize our pastures. We are deeply involved in soil health and grassland health, trying to make the transition to regenerative practices on our land. There is an opportunity to run cattle of your own and someday possibly manage the operation. Modern ranch-style house, farm vehicle and half of a beef per year provided. Wages and terms to be negotiated. Position to start employment in early 2022.
Learn more at: www.kolousekfarms.com

See videos at: https://youtu.be/eQdQorvxA5k and https://youtu.be/F8EQCPZ1GME

To learn more, contact Scott Kolousek (605) 730-1509.

Farming/Ranching – Herrick, SD

Jim and Claire Williams of Herrick, SD, raise corn, soybeans, winter wheat, mixed hay, and move yearling steers on grass. They started cross-fencing the grass and adding water in 1994. They haven’t tilled since 2004 and started using cover crops a few years later. They try to use a diverse system to improve their soil health, and their long term goal for the farm is to find a like-minded young family to take over. To find out if this is the right opportunity for you, contact Jim Williams at XXX-XXX-XXXX.

Farming/Ranching – Java, SD

Craig Rau of Java, SD, is looking for an individual to help with his farming/ranching operation. He uses no-till practices, follows small grains with cover crops, and uses cell grazing for cattle in his pastures. For the right individual, this is an opportunity to eventually run the operation. To learn more, contact Craig Rau at XXX-XXX-XXXX.

West River Soil Health School Registration Open!

In 2024, the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition will host an additional Soil Health School in west of the Missouri River! The 2024 West River Soil Health School with be held June 26-27 near Caputa, SD! This school will focus on issues specific to the land, climate, and ag production systems of wester South Dakota. Class size is limited, so early registration is strongly encouraged!

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