Agweek – Advanced Sunflower has heart in the game

By Mikkel Pates, Agweek – August 1, 2016

HURON, S.D. — Advanced Sunflower LLC of Huron, S.D., has spent five years blossoming as a processor for one of the region’s signature specialty crops.

Dan Dale, 44, a co-owner and CEO of the company, says the company has grown the business that processes sunflowers for human consumption. The company is well-positioned in east-central South Dakota — a state that has been No. 1 in sunflower production for the past three years.

Today, the company operates plants at both Huron and Redfield, S.D., near what Dale says consistently produces some of the best quality sunflowers in the country. It puts out millions of pounds of finished product per year, roughly the production of about 40,000 acres of sunflowers. They acquire sunflowers from as many as 100 producers throughout South Dakota and through the southern tier of North Dakota.

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