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The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association is a grassroots organization whose individual producer members determine issues of importance to the state's livestock industry. With input into the policy development, each member has the opportunity to influence SDSGA's policy and priorities. Individual members of the Association pull together to make powerful decisions - dedicated to promoting the livestock industry and enhancing the opportunity for profitability.

SD Stockgrowers News

South Dakota Stockgrowers Association Names New Executive Director

The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association is excited to announce the hiring of their new Executive Director, James Halverson. James will start coming in to the office, under one of the most historic signs in Rapid City, on the corner of 5th and St. Joe right away.

 

The Stockgrowers had a committee in charge of finding a person that could help lead the oldest state run cattle organization in the entire country.   After the summer of looking through applicants, and conducting interviews, the committee took their recommendation to the full Stockgrower Board. “James stood out among a very impressive pool of applicants, and we are overjoyed to have someone with as much experience, and knowledge of the livestock industry, become our new Executive Director! His experience as an ag teacher, and coach, will be beneficial to not only, help with the very diverse policy items our organization works on, but also connect with a new generation of producers”, says Gary Deering, President of The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.

 

James is handling this transition much like much of his career as a wrestling coach, and is taking the bull by the horns and will start right away. “I am very excited to be an integral part of the team with the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association. I am also really looking forward to serving the livestock producers across the state and look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

 Deering also mentions how the timing of James’ hiring is so important. “It was my goal to make an announcement on our new Executive Director by our annual convention held, September 27, and 28, in Rapid City, and this is great, that not only this is going to happen, but also James will be with us almost a full month to help prepare for this great annual event.”

 Halverson too is excited to be part of this event, “I have looked over the agenda that is in place at this point, and can’t wait, to roll up my sleeves, and help where I can. The speakers, and trade show will prove to be second to none, around this area, and I hope many members will attend so I have a chance to meet everybody”.

 

NRCS South Dakota Announces Aid for Land/Crops Damaged by Excessive Rains or Severe Storms

NRCS South Dakota Announces Aid for Land/Crops Damaged by Excessive Rains or Severe Storms

     NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE, HURON, SD. JULY 13, 2018 – Help for farmers and ranchers with land damaged by excessive rains or severe storms, such as from hail or flooding, is now available through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) serving South Dakota, announces Jeff Zimprich, State Conservationist for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Huron, SD. 

     “Many agriculture producers across South Dakota are increasingly incorporating cover crops to their operation,” says Zimprich. “We see these recent unfortunate excessive rain or severe storm damage as an opportunity for NRCS to help farmers and ranchers to try cover crops through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).”

     “We are making funds available for those affected areas of South Dakota. The sign-up for damaged land and/or crops is open now,” Zimprich says. “Through the EQIP, we are offering assistance for producers for cover crops to provide protection to the soil for the remainder of the season, plus any practice that is needed to deal with soil erosion caused by heavy rains or flooding.”

     “Our local NRCS field employees are ready to help people with their resource concerns. Affected ag operators should contact their servicing office right away and must apply before August 24, 2018 to be considered,” says Zimprich.  “To speed the assistance process, we will hold weekly batching periods ending each Friday starting July 20 with a final batching date in August.”