- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Board members of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association have elected the group’s new president.

A sixth-generation farmer, Keith Alverson, will serve as the organization’s president in 2014.

The Chester man was first elected the group’s board in 2010. He is the past chairman of the National Corn Growers Association Ethanol Committee.

South Dakota produced an estimated 809 million bushels of corn in 2013, which is 51 percent more than the year before, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The organization is of the largest commodity groups in the state.

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