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

Twitter Campaign Set for September. 23rd – 30th!!

Good afternoon, 

You are receiving this email because you have the power to help make a difference in our cattle markets. In light of recent events, U.S. cattle producers and feeders are in distress. With the major packers profiting significantly off cattle they are paying next to nothing for, it is up to us, advocates of the beef industry, to do something.

The #FairCattleMarkets twitter campaign is set to launch Monday, September 23 and continue until Monday, September 30. The concept of this campaign is simple: encourage all cattle producers and industry supporters to tweet @realDonaldTrump with #FairCattleMarkets every day for an entire week. 

We have two goals with this campaign:

  1. Get #FairCattleMarkets on Twitter’s trending page 
  2. Get recognized by at least ONE political figure (preferably President Trump) in Washington D.C. in hopes of starting a conversation and spurring change.

If you would like more information, please view our webpage or email/call the Western Ag Reporter, (406) 259-4589, ask for Kayla or Mayzie.

The following webpage contains further information and full-sized, downloadable graphics that you can share across your social media. It also includes specific instructions for setting up and using a twitter account.

We thank you for your time and hope you make the decision to help create #FairCattleMarkets.

Lyndell Petersen to be Inducted into SD Hall of Fame

On Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 Long-time SD Stockgrowers supporter and agriculture advocate, Lyndell Petersen, of Pennington County, will be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame.

The following is an excerpt from his biography with the SD Hall of Fame.

“The variety of people I met, situations I faced, and the needs I felt had to be served led me to memberships on and in a diverse number of groups and Boards of Directors. Some of the directorships included Rushmore Mutual Life Insurance Co., Clarkson-Mt. View Nursing Home, North Central Health Systems, regional and national boards of The North American Corriente Association, Western South Dakota Buckaroos, the Pennington County Board of Commissioners, Central States Fair, and Western Junior Livestock Show. The most frequent involvement was with The Central States Fair, which like an errant child seemed to need redirection on, at least, three occasions over the past 50 years.

Once in a while I did some really fun stuff. After I retired from the Extension Service, we bought a ranch, some commercial cattle and I was finally able to live the dream. We bought a ranch on Lower Spring Creek, its headquarters, an 1885 house was slated for demolition. Jill and I restored the house which is now our home and is also listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. We switched to Corriente cattle, an athletic medium-sized animal favored by team ropers and never looked back. We had the National Champion Roping Steer twice. Like ranchers everywhere we had calves warming in the house, bottle babies, late night phone calls that our cows were out. It was great.”

Anyone who would like to help honor Lyndell is invited to the festivities this Friday and Saturday Sept. 13, and 14 in Chamberlain, SD. Tickets can be purchased at Or call the SD Hall of Fame at (605) 234-4216 for more information.