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

SB 68 Signed Into Law!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association is excited to announce that Governor Kristi Noem has signed Senate Bill 68, the “Fake Meat” bill.    SB 68 relies on existing statutory definitions of meat food products and meat by-products and makes it clear that a food product may not be labeled in a false, deceptive, or misleading manner that intentionally misrepresents the product as a meat food product as defined in § 39-5-6, a meat by-product as defined in § 39-5-6, or as poultry (as defined in the bill).   Lab-grown meats are moving closer to market introduction. The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association believes these alternative products need to be clearly delineated from actual meat and should not be allowed to benefit from the generations of hard work that have gone in to creating the current day market for actual meat food products. Consequently, The SDSGA is grateful to the legislature and to the Governor for stepping up and providing leadership on this issue for producers and consumers in South Dakota.   “The Fake Meat bill was legislation to which we dedicated a great deal of time this legislative session. Not only is this bill good for our agricultural producers, but it is also great for consumers, as it gives them the knowledge they need when making decisions at the grocery store for their families,” said Gary Deering, South Dakota Stockgrowers President.   “This was a fun bill to lobby. Soliciting sponsors for legislation can be a challenging task. SB 68 was that rare bill that was so popular legislators were coming to us and asking to sign on.” exclaimed Jeremiah M. Murphy, Stockgrowers’ lobbyist. “We received great support from legislators and from a broad spectrum of SD agriculture groups.   “My first Legislative session has been a great one for the Stockgrowers. Seeing this bill signed puts the icing on the cake.” said James Halverson, Stockgrowers’ Executive Director. “It has been fun and rewarding working on an idea like this. It started at the grass roots level, at a meeting of ours, and drew increasing support as it went through all of the legislative steps up to and including the governor’s signature. This truly goes to show what a difference organizations like the Stockgrowers can make,” added Halverson.   “We are grateful to the legislature and especially the bill’s prime sponsors, Sen. Art Rusch and Rep. Oren Lesmeister, for their leadership and hard work on this bill,” said Deering. “We are also grateful to Governor Noem. At the beginning of session she asked Jeremiah and I for the Stockgrowers’ priorities, and we told her the fake meat bill was at the top of our list. We appreciate her support in signing SB 68. She deserves a lot of credit for standing up for South Dakota producers.” added Deering.

Grasshopper Suppression Program Comments

March 15, 2019

Docket No. APHIS-2016-0045-0001

Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS Station 3A-03.8

Care of Jim E. Warren PhD

4700 River Road Unit 118

Riverdale, MD 20737-1238

RE: Rangeland Grasshopper and Mormon Cricket Suppression Program Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) To: Mr. Warren Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Rangeland Grasshopper and Mormon Cricket Suppression Program Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association (SDSGA) is a producer/member organization that represents livestock producers across South Dakota and beyond. Our members recognize the need for flexibility in management practices and appreciate USDA APHIS’ ability and need to respond to requests in a timely and effective manner. Therefor we would encourage APHIS to implement Alternative #3, Insecticide applications at conventional rates or reduced agent area treatments, the preferred alternative. We understand the need for use of each carbaryl, diflubenzuron, chlorantraniliprole, and malthion. We encourage the responsible use of these chemicals for control of outbreaks of grasshoppers and mormon crickets. We appreciate APHIS wanting to address “site specific issues” (pg 5 DEIS). The need for availability and application of Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) approved insecticides is historically documented and has not diminished. The United States Congress has repeatedly echoed this priority in 1934, 1937, 1944, 1962, 1985, and 2000 with various statutes that encouraged grasshopper control. Obviously, this is a pest that has historically needed control and will continue to in the future in order to prevent catastrophic outbreaks. “Outbreaks produce…intense competition for the available food supply, which may cause damage to rangeland, and nearby crops…compete for food with livestock…and destroy wildlife habitat” (pg 6 DEIS). Furthermore, the stated objectives of the APHIS Rangeland Grasshopper and Mormon Cricket Suppression Program 3) “suppress…damaging…outbreaks”. In order to effectively complete this objective, each of these insecticides should be available. Producers have used carbaryl very effectively across South Dakota for a long time. “Sevin Bait (carbaryl) is an extremely useful tool” commented Mark Tubbs, South Dakota Rancher and member of the National Grasshopper Management Board. “Sevin is used by large producers and hobby gardeners alike. This is an effective tool that must remain in the toolbox for APHIS and anyone else who needs to control insects.” Added Tubbs. The SDSGA encourages the availability of each of these agents to control “Large scale outbreaks that can inflict serious economic damage to western rangelands (Lockwood et al., 1996)(pg 11, 12 DEIS). These large-scale damages also have an equally damaging ecological impact as well. With the USEPA removal of the insecticide acephate as a grasshopper suppression tool, we see the importance of adding a new tool, chlorantraniliprole. Additionally, the Code of Federal Regulations repeatedly calls for coordination of federal agencies with local governments. We support this coordination and believe it is the best way to ensure success of management plans. Implementing alternative 3) will allow for the greatest collaboration with state, county, and local governments as well as local weed and pest boards. The calculated use of each of these management tools must be available for continued control of grasshoppers and mormon crickets. The SDSGA encourages alternative 3) to provide APHIS and landowners the most flexible, site-specific control methods. Any land manager knows the most effective decisions must be made at the ground level and not at the landscape, regional or larger scale areas. This plan allows for that flexibility and should be implemented without delay. Thank you for our continued efforts in this manner and feel free to contact our office anytime for additional comments or information. Sincerely, James L. Halverson Executive Director South Dakota Stockgrowers Association