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Meet DaNita Murray, South Dakota Corn's new leader

Combines harvest a corn field in Grand Island, Neb.
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Combines harvest a corn field

This interview is from SDPB's daily public-affairs show, In the Moment, hosted by Lori Walsh.

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Danita Murray

Millbank native and South Dakota State University graduate DaNita Murray has been selected as the executive director of South Dakota Corn.

The organization includes the South Dakota Corn Growers Association and the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council.

Murray says ethanol policy and sustainability will be a major focus in the next few years, especially as electric cars become more available.

“I think that ethanol has a great story to tell, on the environmental side," Murray said. "And so, I think it would be a mistake for policymakers in Washington, DC to focus their efforts solely on one tool or one, one path forward, when it comes to powering, you know, the vehicles that are on America's roads. And ethanol certainly should be a part of that discussion.”

94 percent of ethanol in the United States is produced from corn grain. More than 98 percent of U.S. gasoline contains ethanol.

Murray has two decades of experience in agriculture law and policymaking.

She worked for the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and House Agriculture Committee. She also served as director of public policy for the National Corn Growers Association.

Murray starts her new role on December 1st.