S.D. Stockgrowers and S.D. Cattlewomen to host 122nd annual convention

Farm Forum

South Dakota Stockgrowers Association is set to host the 122nd Annual Convention and Tradeshow and will be joined by the S.D. Cattlewomen on September 27 and 28 at the Best Western Ramkota Convention Center in Rapid City. The two-day convention will feature a long line-up of speakers and panelists along with policy discussions, annual business meetings for both organizations and several other activities.

Headlining the convention this year will be Jolene Brown, a champion for family agriculture and a family business consultant that is sure to keep everyone’s attention. Jolene Brown understands the unique challenges facing parents, siblings, in-laws and “outlaws” who work together on multi-generational agriculture operations. She brings a humorous twist to the very serious business of estate planning and generational transfers on family operations. Her presentation will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 28.

Friday’s program will feature Margaret Byfield of the American Stewards of Liberty at 10:30 a.m., discussing the issues of private property rights and the federal government as well as her father, Wayne Hage’s legacy of private property rights. American National Cattlewomen President Barbara Jackson will speak at the Friday luncheon along with SDSU Dean of Agriculture Barry Dunn who will discuss the effort to build a new Cow/Calf research facility at their campus. Other topics and speakers on Friday include Mike Lees from S.D. DENR, Ty Eschenbaum – S.D. Dept of Ag Value-Added Ag division, Stockgrowers Executive Director Silvia Christen discussing 2014 legislative priorities, and a brand and theft committee meeting. R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard will address the Friday evening banquet.

Saturday’s events include a presentation by State Veterinarian Dr. Oedekoven and Courtney De La Rosa of the S.D. Dept of Ag discussing proposed Animal Welfare legislation, presentations by S.D. GF&P officials, and the annual business meeting of the S.D. Stockgrowers where members will vote on policy and board leadership. On Saturday speakers include S.D. Secretary of State Lucas Lentsch and U.S. Sen. John Thune. The Convention will wrap up with an awards banquet, scholarship presentation and a live auction fundraiser.

Activities for children including a pool party, and babysitting will be available for children of any convention attendees. There is no charge for the youth activities.

“We have a great agenda of guests and information this year and I invite everyone to join us in Rapid City,” Shane Kolb, President of the S.D. Stockgrowers Association said. “Our annual convention is a great opportunity to celebrate the work we’ve done in the past year and plan toward the future of our organization.’

Visit http://bit.ly/15UBG99 or call the S.D. Stockgrowers Office at 605-342-0429. Registration can be completed online or at the convention.