S.D. Pork Producers Council presents awards

Farm Forum

Friends of the Industry Award

The South Dakota Pork Producers Council recognized the Menno Livestock Auction with the Friends of the Industry Award during the 11:30 AM Awards Luncheon on January 10, 2013.

The Friends of the Industry Award recognizes state individuals, leaders or businesses for their continued support of the pork industry. The recipient is given a certificate, plaque and a check for their outstanding involvement and service to the pork industry.

The Menno Livestock Action originally opened in 1920 and underwent numerous ownership changes until 1996 when Ken and Lynn Wintersteen became owners.

Menno Livestock Auction holds weekly feeder pig auctions and is one of the biggest auction markets of feeder pigs in South Dakota. Throughout 2012, Menno Livestock sold approximately 5,000 head of feeder pigs and handled approximately 4,500 slaughter hogs. These pigs and hogs are all local farmer raised and represent the highest standards in the industry.

Menno Livestock Auction owners Ken and Lynn Wintersteen also volunteer their time to assist the Turner County Pork Producers at the food booth at the Turner County Fair. Wintersteen is also active in the local FFA group. Other volunteer projects include assisting with the local Menno High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes and serving on various community and church committees.

Scholarship Recipients

The South Dakota Pork Producers Council awarded both Caitlyn Brandt of Clear Lake and Adam Krause of Clear Lake with a $500 scholarship.

Brandt is the daughter of Paul and Lisa Brandt. She currently attends South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings, SD, majoring in Agricultural Leadership, Agricultural Business with a minor in Animal Science.

Brandt has been active in 4-H. She showed pigs, sheep, static judging and a variety of projects. Brandt would often attend with her dad on his many Operation Main Street speeches about the pork industry.

When she is not studying, you will find her spending as much time outdoors as possible and making time to come home and help on the family farm.

Some of Brandt’s past and present activities are: playing high school basketball, track and volleyball as well as band, choir, yearbook, Key Club and National Honor Society. In the summer of 2010, she was the Deuel County recipient of the Citizen Washington Focus Trip. She traveled to Washington DC and learned about the US government during that time.

This summer Brant will be spending her time with Farm Credit of America doing a summer internship.

Krause is the son of Laron and Jolene Krause. He currently attends South Dakota State University in Brookings and is majoring in Ag Business.

Krause grew up helping out on his family’s farm, which consists of a 7,200 head of feeder pigs and crop farm. He started out young and worked his way up to become more active and reliable in his family’s operation.

In his spare time you will find Krause showing pigs, hunting, fishing, water and snow skiing and going out with friends.

In the past Krause found himself busy with cross country, track, wrestling, FFA, 4-H, NHS, Key Club, band and choir.

You could find both of these young students attending and helping promote the pork industry with their families.

2012 Media Award

Each year, the South Dakota Pork Producers Council (SDPPC) recognizes an individual who has given outstanding media coverage to pork industry news and events in South Dakota. KWAT Farm Director, Jody Heemstra received this honor during a January 10, 2013 Awards Luncheon at the Sioux Falls Ramkota.

Jody has been with the Watertown South Dakota based KWAT Radio Station, for 12 years and is currently a voting member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters where she serves as the West Region Director. Heemstra has been recognized for her work and was named to The Cattle Business Weekly newspaper’s elite class of Top 10 Industry Leaders under 40. She is a Class V graduate of the South Dakota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (SDARL) program. She has received the Excellence in Public Outreach Award from the South Dakota Corn Growers Association and the Farm and Ranch News Award from the South Dakota Farmers Union. Other honors include: The Golden Microphone from the South Dakota Farm Bureau, Friend of 4-H Award from Codington and Deuel counties, The Honorary State FFA Degree and the Distinguished Service Award from the South Dakota FFA Association.

Pork All-American Award

Laron Krause of Clear Lake, SD was honored by the South Dakota Pork Producers Council (SDPPC) with the 2012 Pork All-American Award.

Through this award, the South Dakota Pork Producers Council acknowledges pork producers who have established themselves as dedicated, involved business people and leaders in their communities.

Laron and his wife Jolene, have three children; Tiffany, Adam and Brent. Krause runs a finishing operation with his parents and a diversified row crop operation by Clear Lake, SD. He is also partners in Supreme Pork.

Krause is actively involved in the area with many community and church activities. Krause serves as the Chairman of the Association Services Committee and sits on the Public Policy Committee. Krause is very dedicated to the South Dakota Pork Producers by having served as their PLA member, Operation Main