Deuel County Chapter



The state of South Dakota has seen an increase in large dairy operations, but there is an alternative farming system that could strengthen our rural communities, bring local economic benefits to our farm families, and establish lasting agriculture systems for future generations.

The Deuel County Chapter of Dakota Rural Action has set out to explore the possibility of reclaiming our history of small dairies in a meaningful, profitable, and community building way. We want, “To introduce Deuel County citizens and decision makers to the opportunities, community benefits, and economic development for organic milk and feed production.”

Please join us in an Introduction to Organic Dairy discussion, designed for the farmers by farmers. Listen and ask questions directly to organic dairy farmers and organic grain growers in South Dakota and Organic Valley Coop and learn first hand what’s involved in transitioning into organic dairy and the real benefits and future of organic milk. January 16, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Clear Lake Community Center, 218 3rd Ave South, Clear Lake, SD. Snacks, coffee, lunch will be provided. Sponsored by Deuel/Grant Farmers Union, Organic Valley, and Dakota Rural Action.

For more information concerning the Deuel County Chapter of Dakota Rural Action and its campaigns please visit Otherwise, please contact Meghan Thoreau with additional questions, RSVP, or interest in joining at or 605.413.1502.


Our chapter is the oldest chapter of Dakota Rural Action and it’s members hold strong to the state’s motto, “Under God the People Rule.”

Our Goal

“To create a thriving, sustainable, and self-reliant community.”

Our Objectives

To grow a vibrant local agricultural community and bring more economic development to Deuel County by: (1) exploring how Deuel County can become a leader in small organic dairy farms.

To increase the area’s sustainable food production and consumption through local initiatives.

To increase farms producing alternative agricultural products through building a network for Deuel County Farmers.

To increase renewable energy usage by actively participating in the Community Energy Development initiatives: (1) finding three committed Deuel County families interested in installing solar systems through the Solarize SD Campaign installation program.

To elect functional officials to lead Deuel County Government.

To increase our membership base.

Deuel County Chapter members have a history of working to pass county-wide increases the setbacks from large livestock facilities. The chapter had a recent success with establishing a commercial kitchen for the community’s local producers to utilize for value added production. The Chapter also hosts candidate forums and cracker barrels in an effort to educate voters and encourage participation in the government process.


Chair: Kim James

Vice Chair: Dale Roth

Secretary: Kristianna Gehant

Treasurer: Nancy Hartenhoff-Crooks

Board Rep: Shirley Effling


For more information contact Meghan Thoreau at or at 605-697-5204.