To the Editor:
I was president of the very young SD Corn Growers Association when we humbly asked Governor Janklow and legislators to create a substantial SD corn checkoff. The savvy Gov Janklow told us; "I will just take those dollars and put them in the SDSU budget."
He liked our responses "You do that and we will be the first to advocate growers refund corn check off dollars." And "We want the corn checkoff to be refundable with no restrictions on refunders because they are key to keeping the checkoff board transparent and working for the best interest of those paying the check off." Our initial by-laws reflected that deal.
Now by-laws enable punishing refunders. That creates a wrong attitude. "Refunders are evil" rather than accepted regulators of checkoff board's misuse of checkoff dollars; like reflecting SD Corn Growers Association's political policy that E30 is illegal for standard autos to destroy a 5-10 billion bushel potential new corn grind.
At initial start up the corn growers association board illegally became the checkoff board. We asked for forgiveness and promised ourselves, legislators and Governor Jankow we would prioritize separating to independent boards with separate administrators and offices. We kept our promise.
Obviously that is all now forgotten history. Sout Dakota growers association and check off boards began to deceive when they went back to a single administrator for the growers association and the checkoff. That again illegally blends corn check off dollars with political SD Corn Growers Association policies. To be legally independent the corn checkoff must be administered from its own office and by its own administrator, untangled with the political corn growers association. Importantly that would unmask many current deceptions making true transparency far more possible. What a tangled web they weave when they first deceive.