SD Corn Utilization Council elects Mitchell’s Blindauer as new president

Blindauer will continue his new role with over two decades of service to the SDCUC.

Chad Blindauer
Chad Blindauer will serve as the latest president of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council, the organization announced on Thursday, March 10, 2022.
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SIOUX FALLS — Chad Blindauer has spent many years working on behalf of the state’s corn farmers.

He first served on the South Dakota Corn Growers Association’s board of directors from 2001 through 2009, including a term as president. Then, he joined the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council board in 2008 and served six years, including a presidential term.

In 2020, he rejoined the Council board, representing District 8, which encompasses Davison, Hanson, McCook, Hutchinson, Douglas and Bon Homme counties.

As a reward for his over two decades of dedication, Blindauer, of Mitchell, will move onto his next challenge: serving as president of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council.

The South Dakota Corn Utilization Council (SDCUC) is one of the most active commodity organizations in the state. Their peer-elected producer board is tasked with developing and maintaining new and existing markets, promoting new uses and increasing profitability for all South Dakota corn producers.


“The biggest issue, by far, is our incredibly tight margins. Given our current commodity prices, thanks to tariffs, the coronavirus and everything else, marketing opportunities are incredibly difficult,” Blindauer says in his SDCUC biography. “That, in turn, makes the bottom line extremely tight. Trying to stay above our break-even is our biggest challenge.”

Blindauer says he chose farming as a profession because he enjoys being outdoors and likes the challenges that farming gives him. He started farming with his father, Don, in 1991, and now involves his son, Kane, with the operation. They raise corn, soybeans, wheat and cattle on the family farm.

But Blindauer’s service isn’t limited to the bounds of South Dakota — he spent six years on the biotechnology action team for the National Corn Growers Association and served as the team’s chairman.

The economic challenges that farmers face are a big concern, he says.

In his spare time, Blindauer likes to watch baseball and enjoys reading. He and his wife, Kristy, have three children: Alexis, Kane and Devin.

Blindauer succeeds Grant Rix, of Groton, who retired as president but continues to serve on the board.

The SDCUC election results, announced Thursday in a press release, show Pukwana’s Jim Ketelhut winning the seat of vice president and Miller’s Reno Brueggeman being elected as secretary and treasurer.

Ketelhut joined the Council board of directors in 2020 and has served as secretary treasurer for the past year. Brueggeman, however, is no stranger to the SDCUC. He initially joined the board in 2013 and served six years, including two as president. Reaching a term limit, he took a break from the board before rejoining in 2021.


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A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021 and now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on local news in Sioux Falls. He also writes regional news spanning across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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