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SD Stockgrowers News

Convention Press Release

SD Stockgrowers Host Successful Convention,

Elect Kluck, Deering to Leadership


The South Dakota Stockgrowers’ 124th Annual Convention and Trade Show wrapped up after three days of speakers and meetings to update members on policies, elect officers for the Association and adopt new policies.


“We were glad to see so many of our members attend this year and we had a lot of impressive speakers to listen to,” said Bill Kluck, newly elected President of SD Stockgrowers Association. “We had a great convention and we thank all of our sponsors and members for joining us.”


The convention featured several speakers including Bill Bullard from R-CALF USA, Tracy Hunt speaking on the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, updates on legislative issues and Alan Guebert who is a noted columnist of the Farm and Food Files gave a strong presentation challenging members to actively engage on issues and be strategic in choosing alliances.   Workshops during the convention featured education on accounting software for the ranch and discussions of kitchen table conversations that help a family successfully transition their ranch to the next generation.


Leadership Elected at Membership Meeting


Bill Kluck, a rancher from Mud Butte, was elected to serve as President of the Association.  Kluck ranches on his family operation, and has served as Vice-President of the SD Stockgrowers since 2013.  He has been a member of the board of directors and also chairs the Animal Health committee for the association.


Gary Deering of Hereford, SD was elected to the seat of Vice-President.  Gary and his wife Jessica ranch with their three young sons on their family beef cattle operation.  Gary has served on the Stockgrowers Board of Directors for number of years and also serves on the South Dakota Beef Industry Council and is a member of the current class of SD Ag and Rural Leadership (SDARL).


Vaughn Meyer of Reva, Randy Volmer of Owanka, and Wayne Nelson of Langford were elected as Regional Vice-Presidents.  Lester Longwood and Ken Knuppe were both recognized for their service to the Association as both of their terms on the Board of Directors ended this year.


The membership voted unanimously to continue their affiliation with R-CALF USA.  They also voted to hire Jeremiah Murphy as the lobbyist for the 2016 Legislative Session.


Awards and Scholarships


The Guy E. Ham Beef Industry Scholarship was awarded to two students this year.  Georgia Edoff of New Underwood received a $1,000 scholarship.  She is the daughter of Scott and Veronica Edoff, and is currently studying Ag business at Sheridan College and plans to transfer to SD State University in Brookings next fall.


Abby Repenning of Mitchell received the $500 Guy E Ham Beef Industry Scholarship.  She is the daughter of Steve and Lori Repenning and currently attends SDSU in Brookings and is working towards an Agricultural and Bio-systems Engineering degree.


The 2015 workhorse award was presented to Casey Miller of Spearfish.  Casey serves as chairman of both the Spearfish Livestock Association and the Black Hill Regional Multiple Use Coalition.  In the past year Casey also served as the SD Stockgrowers representative to the Elk Management working group advising SD Game Fish and Parks regarding their new elk management plans and was instrumental in including several key provisions that protect private property and livestock grazing within the elk habitat areas.




Members considered a number of policy updates and additions including the repeal of several policies that were outdated or no longer relevant.


New polices were adopted to call for the full repeal of the Beef Check-off program in light of the continued conflict and questions surrounding the spending of check-off money.  And, a resolution was passed to call for accountability of federal agencies in regards to prescribed burns that escape public land, and requested that private landowners be paid for the damages caused by the 2013 Pautre Fire in Perkins County.


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For over 120 years the mission of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association has remained unchanged, “to promote and protect the South Dakota livestock industry.” The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association is a grassroots organization representing independent livestock producers on local, state and national policies that impact the livestock industry.

SD Stockgrowers to Host 124th Annual Convention Oct 1 & 2

South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and SD Cattlewomen are set to host the 124th Annual Convention and Tradeshow on October 1 and 2 at the Best Western Ramkota Convention Center in Rapid City. The two-day convention will feature a strong line-up of speakers and events along with policy discussions, and the annual business meetings for both associations.

“We are looking forward to hosting our members and friends at the 124th Annual Convention and to celebrate a great year in the livestock industry,” said Bob Fortune, President of Stockgrowers from Belvidere. “I really encourage everyone to join us in Rapid City for a great convention that will be a lot of fun.”

The 124th Annual convention will feature a number of speakers on issues impacting the livestock industry and several workshops to help ranchers learn tools to strengthen their businesses. The SD Cattlewomen’s convention will feature planning sessions for future beef promotions, crafts, and a workshop on the Masters of Beef Advocacy program and social media training.

Thursday’s program will open with Bill Bullard, CEO of R-CALF USA followed by a variety of speakers and committee meetings on international trade, property rights, and animal health. The afternoon will feature a workshop by Alan Hojer from First Dakota National Bank’s “Keep Farmers Farming” program to help families think strategically about generational transfers within a family ranching operation.   Thursday evening’s keynote speaker is Mr. Alan Guebert, the author of the Farm and Food Files and critical analyst on a number of issues important to the livestock industry.

Friday will begin with an inspirational breakfast and more great speakers and committee meetings. Tracy Hunt will present information on the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. SDSU Extension will offer a comprehensive look at three key computer accounting programs and using them for ranch recordkeeping. The SD Cattlewomen will meet as well to plan their promotion events and learn about beef advocacy. State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven will present during the luncheon followed with an SDSU ice cream social.   The Annual membership meeting will be held at 3:30pm to consider policy changes, directives to the board, and to elect board members and officers.

The Friday evening Awards and Recognition Banquet will recognize leaders and the retiring President, Bob Fortune. The Guy E Ham Beef Industry scholarship winners will be presented before the fundraiser auction begins. Midwest Dueling Pianos will wrap up the convention with a fun and energetic performance, taking requests from the audience and keeping the dancefloor moving.

For a full agenda and details of the convention, please visit www.southdakotastockgrowers.org or call the SD Stockgrowers Office at 605-342-0429. Hotel Reservations can be made by calling the Ramkota at 605-343-8550 and asking for the SD Stockgrowers rate. Registration can be completed online or at the convention.