Will Walter is an instructor with the South Dakota Center for Farm/Ranch Management based from Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, SD. He serves as the assistant director of the statewide program and services farms in the SE area. He was elected secretary of the NFRBMEA in June 2013.
Will is a rural Howard, SD native. He has an Associate Degree in Agri-Business Technology from Lake Area Technical Institute; Watertown, SD, and as he likes to comment, “a PhD in hard knocks and vast opportunities!” He was then employed in Agri sales/service for two years while starting his livestock and grain operation. Will began his position with farm management in September 2011.
He has always kept active in many community and agricultural commodity groups while practicing new concepts in agriculture. He was a farm cooperating student of the Adult Farm Management Program, through Mitchell Tech, for twelve years while full time farming (25 years), and finds the experience of being on “both sides” of Farm Management Education a huge plus when assisting his farmers, and also conducting the Level One FSA Beginning Borrower Training provided by the SDCFRM. He thoroughly enjoys the challenge of staying current on the needs of his students by embracing the wealth and speed of information available through technology, as well as remaining active in daily farm management. Successfully mentoring someone through a task they were previously apprehensive of is an enjoyable experience for him.
He is active in the many business, education, and community organizations he is involved in and has held multiple offices. He currently serves as treasurer of his township board, Miner County Pork Council, and the SD Farm/Ranch Business Management Education Association. Will is active in youth development as a 4-H and FFA volunteer and coaching. Will and his wife Lisa are the proud parents of four grown children, Ashton, Thad, Charlotte, Benjamin.