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R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America

R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America

“Fighting for the Independent U.S. Cattle Producer”

Contact: R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard
August 14, 2017
Phone: 406-252-2516;

 South Dakota Stockgrowers Association to Cosponsor Tomi Lahren Speech

 Billings, Mont. – The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association (SDSGA) has joined with R-CALF USA to cosponsor Rapid City, S.D., native Tomi Lahren’s keynote address at the R-CALF USA’s upcoming annual convention August 25-26, 2017. Lahren will speak at 7:00 p.m. on August 26 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Rapid City.

Bill Kluck, SDSGA President, said Lahren is a rising star on social media and she is tackling an important national issue with her hard-hitting commentary that so far has received only lip service from politicians and other celebrities.

Kluck said Lahren is a social media maverick because she’s explaining the direct connection between keeping family farmers and ranchers on their land and the long-term production of a safe, wholesome and secure food supply for all American’s.

“Tomi’s not afraid to speak out about how the government has partnered with big corporations to take livestock production out of the hands of independent ranchers and place it under the control of multinational corporations,” said Kluck.

Kluck explained that Congress’ repeal of the country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law for beef by such a wide margin reveals just how much control those multinational corporations now have over Congress.

Before its repeal, the COOL law enabled consumers to distinguish beef produced exclusively by America ranchers from beef produced in any one of the 20 or so countries from which multinational corporations now are sourcing their beef supplies.

With COOL gone, Kluck said corporations are now undercutting American ranchers by sourcing more and more of their beef supplies from foreign countries.

R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard said Lahren’s upcoming speech is titled, “Making the Dinner Table American Again,” and will highlight how the elimination of COOL has allowed multinational corporations to access cheaper and lower quality beef from developing countries and pass it off to unsuspecting Americans as if it were produced by American ranchers.

“Her speech will not be well received by the federal government or by giant food corporations,” said Bullard adding, “After all, together they wiped out 9 of every 10 American hog farmers during the past three decades and now they’re focused on doing the same to cattle ranchers.

“We’re pleased to cosponsor Tomi’s appearance with the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and we’re hopeful that Tomi’s presentation will kick start meaningful reforms to help us reverse the ongoing dismantling of America’s family-based ranching system,” commented Bullard.

The SDSGA and R-CALF USA invite the general public to attend Lahren’s speech for a minimal contribution of $10.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at and follow the instructions.

To preregister and for more information about the R-CALF USA convention, visit, or call Tatum Lee at 405-834-5710.

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 R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America) is the largest producer-only cattle trade association in the United States. It is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. For more information, visit or, call 406-252-2516.  

SD Stockgrowers Reminds Landowners of Need for Prairie Dog Control Measures

SD Stockgrowers Reminds Landowners of Need for Prairie Dog Control Measures


SD Stockgrowers Association would like to remind producers and landowners that it is the responsible of each landowner to manage prairie dogs in such a way that does not allow the rodents to move onto neighboring property. This includes private landowners and government agencies.

“The prairie dogs have been moving a lot this year and we’ve seen dog towns expanding across a lot of the drought areas this year. It’s really damaging a lot of grass lands across the state,” said Stockgrowers President Bill Kluck. “We want to remind landowners to take prairie dog control seriously and also help to hold Forest Service and BLM accountable for managing their lands by reporting encroachment.”


Prairie dogs are considered a pest in South Dakota and prairie dog towns can severely decrease grass production and land values as the rodents dig up large areas of prairie and over population can lead to spread of diseases such as plague.

“We know managing prairie dogs add extra work in a year when the drought already has many of our ranch families stretched to the max, but it’s also a hardship to the neighboring landowner when someone isn’t taking care of prairie dog problems,” said Kluck. “The deadline for reporting is coming up, and we encourage landowners to make sure they’re taking care of any problems on their own land.”

If landowners have prairie dogs encroaching from neighboring private lands, they can file a formal complaint with the landowner and also send it to the SD Department of Agriculture or their County Weed and Pest Board. The form can be found at Here. These complaints can be filed at any time of the year.

Prairie dogs coming on to private land from public lands, both state and federal, must be reported through the South Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks, no later than August 15. The Department will work with agencies to manage biological buffer zones to private lands and manage the encroaching dog towns greater than 10 acres within one mile of public land.  Public land complaints can be filed by calling 605.773.5913, or visit their website at

The SD Department mixes and provides zinc phosphide bait (poison oats), pre-bait products, and gas cartridges at very reasonable prices to landowners for the purpose of controlling prairie dogs. All of these products are available at the SD Department of Ag Bait station in Pierre, SD. Please call 605-773-4432 for more information about prices, availability and the rules and restrictions for their use.