As a member of SDAC, you will receive a number of benefits. We work on behalf of cooperatives to maintain a positive business climate, fair tax policy, and necessary infrastructure.
SDAC works with the South Dakota Legislature, state regulatory and administrative agencies, and the state's Congressional delegation to secure laws that will protect and guide cooperatives. We provide research and analysis important in developing good legislative policy, and we have been instrumental in securing changes that are important to the cooperative business model.
Public Relations & Education:
SDAC works to raise public awareness and support for the important role that cooperatives have in South Dakota. Our efforts include:
Annual scholarship awards for students pursuing a careen in a cooperative-related field
Co-op Month and the Co-op Hall of Fame Induction banquet
AgFest legislative outreach
FFA Leadership training
Value-Added Day at the SD State Fair
SDAC also offers educational and leadership development opportunities with such programs as Director Certification; Accountant, Bookkeeper and Controllers Conference; and "Raising the Bar" annual meeting.
We represent our members on the following boards:
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
SD Highway Users Coalition
SD Value-Added Ag Development Center
Certified Crop Advisory Board
Coalition for Responsible Taxation
Governor's Ag Advisory Council
SDAC provides regular electronic newsletters to help our members and co-op leadership stay up-to-date on local, state, and national issues affecting cooperatives and their patron members. We monitor emerging issues and provide research and analysis to help our members prepare for the future.