Stockgrowers to host annual convention, trade show
South Dakota Stockgrowers Association will hold their 121th Annual Convention and Trade Show on Sept. 21, 22 and 23. The SD Cattlewomen will hold their Annual Meeting on Sept. 21. Both events will be held at the Ramkota Convention Center in Rapid City, South Dakota and are open to the public.
The convention kicks off on Sept. 21 with opening ceremonies and a Washington, D.C., update from R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard. Continuing throughout the day are meetings and speakers regarding recent changes at the South Dakota Brand Board, Animal ID issues, impacts of Oil and Gas Development for landowners, discussions of the Beef Check-off program, and a presentation by the Wall FFA Ag Issues Team regarding Prairie Dog Management.
The SD Cattlewomen will hold their Annual Meeting at 9 a.m. on Sept. 21. Anyone interested in the Cattlewomen's work should plan to attend this meeting and the luncheon.
The two featured speakers for Friday's agenda include Greg Hanes of the U.S. Meat Export Federation to talk about changing markets in Asia and Japan where USMEF is using checkoff dollars to market USA Beef and George Chambers, president of R-CALF USA from Georgia, will be the keynote speaker during Friday night's banquet.
On Sept. 22, the Stockgrowers Animal Health committee will hear from SDSU's Amanda Blair regarding her Fetal Programming Studies, and the Federal Lands committee will meet to hear from speakers who have been impacted by wilderness designations in counties in Montana. Stockgrowers Lobbyist Jeremiah Murphy and Executive Director Silvia Christen will also lead a discussion about Stockgrowers Legislative work during the summer and into the coming 2013 Legislative Session.
Saturday's luncheon will feature U.S. congressional candidates to answer questions from those in attendance and discuss their plans for Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and her challenger Matt Varilek have both been invited to participate. The Congressional forum will be followed with an SDSU ice cream social sponsored by the SDSU Westriver Ag Center.
At 2:30 p.m. will be the Stockgrowers Annual membership meeting to elect officers and board members, vote on policy changes and discuss any other business for the organization.
The Convention will wrap up with an awards banquet, scholarship presentation and a keynote address by South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones. The banquet will be followed by a live auction fundraiser to benefit the work of the Stockgrowers throughout the year.
For a full agenda, visit www.southdakotastockgrowers.org or call 605-342-0429.