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South Dakota Corn Joins USMEF Million Dollar Club

Published: Oct 18, 2013
The South Dakota Corn Utilization Council has joined exclusive company by surpassing the $1 million mark in dues and program contributions to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) since the founding of USMEF in 1976. USMEF will recognize the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council (SDCUC) as the latest inductee into the Million Dollar Club at USMEF’s Nov. 5-7 Strategic Planning Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

A member of USMEF since 1998, SDCUC is one of the most active commodity organizations in South Dakota. Its 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 South Dakota Corn Utilization Council is proud to support an organization that does so much good for livestock producers,” said Jason Kontz of Colman, S.D., an SDCUC director. “The U.S. Meat Export Federation does a great job of promoting the quality of U.S. red meat and boosting livestock and grain producer profitability. A strong export market is vital to the success of livestock producers, and international demand will continue to grow as people in other countries learn more about the quality and affordability of American red meat.”

“USMEF is fortunate to have members who have championed our efforts to enhance demand for American beef, pork and lamb products around the world,” said Philip Seng, USMEF president and CEO. “It is because of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council, and the rest of our dedicated membership, that USMEF can continue its mission.”

USMEF created its Million Dollar Club in 1991 to recognize members that have contributed more than $1 million to support its marketing programs. To qualify for the Million Dollar Club, the eligible funds must be in the form of dues and contributions that have not been designated by the member for a specific market or activity, but are available to support programs in compliance with USMEF policies, budgetary guidelines and statutory restrictions.