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SD Stockgrowers Support Water Legislation without Amendment

SD Stockgrowers Support Water Legislation without Amendment


South Dakota Stockgrowers Association Board of Directors voted this week to continue support for the bill granting landowners the right to limit access to their private property.  They did not endorse the amendment which bars private landowners from charging for access to water on private lands.

In a letter sent to Legislators this week, SD Stockgrowers President Bill Kluck said, “South Dakota Stockgrowers Association testified in support of the original “Recreation and Respect Compromise” as it was presented to the summer study committee on June 2.  The bill”…supports landowner rights, and grants access to public water and to certain historic lakes overlying private property while otherwise respecting the rights of landowners to limit access across their private lands, if they so choose.”

“We continue to support the landowners and feel that was a good compromise that doesn’t give away too much in terms of private property rights,” explained Kluck.

Kluck said SD Stockgrowers was willing to sign on to the compromise which will work for both landowners and those who want to access those waters for sport or recreation.  “We anticipate that respectful sportsmen and women will have no problem obtaining reasonable access to those areas from a large number of affected landowners.”

However, the SDSGA Board of Directors opposed the amendment to bar private landowners from charging for access to their private lands, believing it went a step too far in stripping private property rights.  “As the legislature accepts the initial proposed legislation to give private landowners the right to limit access, they should also accept the right of those landowners to grant access over their private property as they deem fit.

“We hold private property rights as inalienable and supreme,” said Kluck.  “We urge the SD Legislature to pass the original compromise bill and remove the June 2nd amendment of Section 6.”

The South Dakota State Legislature will hold a special session on Monday, June 12 at 10am to consider passage of the legislation which can be found at


2017 Guy E Ham Scholarships

2017 Guy E Ham Scholarships

The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and the South Dakota Cattlewomen are currently accepting applications for a $1,000 and a $500 scholarship in memory of Guy E. Ham.  The scholarships are available to any South Dakota student having completed at least one year of post-secondary education and pursuing a career in an agricultural or agri-business related field.
These scholarships are made possible by the generosity and gift of the Guy E. Ham Beef Industry Scholarship in memory of Guy Ham and his commitment to the future of the agriculture industry in South Dakota.
Application information and details can be found by visiting or by contacting the SD Stockgrowers Assoc. at 605-342-0429.  Applications will be accepted until August 1, 2017 and the scholarship will be awarded during the SD Stockgrowers Annual Convention on September 22, 2017.
Donations to the Guy E. Ham Beef Industry Scholarship are gratefully accepted by the SD Stockgrowers Association for the purpose of continuing this scholarship program.  Please contact Silvia Christen for more information about contributing to this scholarship at 605-342-0429.