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

2019 SD Legislative Session

Updates on the 2019 SD Legislative Session: On January 8, 2019, President Gary Deering and SDSGA Lobbyist Jeremiah Murphy were on hand to witness the historic first State of the State Address by newly sworn in Governor Kristi Noem. They were also able to spend some time making valuable contacts and talking with legislators about the Stockgrowers priorities moving into this year’s session. We will have another great opportunity to hear from state officials as well as legislators at our annual legislative day and mixer on January 16. This year’s event will take place at Drifters Bar and Grill in Ft. Pierre. We have Governor Noem confirmed to speak sometime in the late afternoon/early evening. We are still finalizing the agenda for the day will email that out as well as post it on our website as soon as possible. Please plan on attending this great event where we are able to informally express our priorities to many lawmakers. In order to keep Stockgrower members up to speed with the latest developments from Pierre this session, we will again be holding weekly conference calls. We will hold calls every Wednesday morning at 6:30am MST beginning on January 23. Conference call numbers and instructions will be emailed out and posted on our website as they draw nearer. Again, this is a great opportunity to get first hand updates on what’s going on, as well as give your input on the issues.

Click on the link below to view the 2019 Legislative Session Calendar

 SD Legislative Calendar!

40th Annual Ranchers Workshop

2019 marks the 40th Anniversary for the Ranchers Workshop. This year the workshop will be held on January 15, 2019 at the Community Events Center in White River, SD. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the speakers will start at 9:15 a.m. (CST) which is earlier than in years past. Vendor and informational booths will be available to visit from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Healthy soil will be the focus of two of this years’ speakers. Jay Fuhrer, Soil Health Specialist with NRCS in Bismarck, North Dakota, will deliver a presentation titled “Regenerative Agriculture with Plants, Animals and Soils”. For the last 38 years Mr. Fuhrer has been working with cropping systems, grazing systems, cover crops and gardens. Recently he has spent time at the Menoken Farm minimizing soil disturbance, adding soil armor, maximizing plant diversity, maintaining living roots in the soil and integrating livestock. “Managed Grazing for Modern Range Cattle” is the title of Dr. Lee Manske’s presentation. Llewellyn (Lee) Manske, Ph.D, a Research Professor with North Dakota State University, started his research career 45 years ago. He has been employed for 37 years by the North Dakota State University as a Range Scientist at Dickinson Research Extension Center. Dr. Manske is an advocate for using the twice-over grazing system as one that will bring the most profit to producers. Dr. Mendel Miller, South Dakota Assistant State Veterinarian, will be updating producers on the latest animal health issues. Mr. Miller has been the Assistant State Veterinarian of the South Dakota Animal Industry Board since 2009. “Rural Mental Health: Understanding & Managing Farm/Ranch Stress”, will be presented by Andrea Bjornestad, Ph.D. Dr. Bjornestad is the assistant Professor and SDSU Extension Mental Health Specialist. Her research and outreach in Extension has pertained to the mental health of farmers and ranchers. She has conducted two pilot studies in South Dakota where she is leading a multi-state team of Extension professionals in the North Central region to examine the impact of stress on the mental health of producers. This past year she was the speaker in two national webinars and has traveled around the state educating various agricultural groups on how to identify and manage farm stress. An added bonus to the Ranchers Workshop will be a brief history of the Ranchers Workshop during the lunch break. The Ranchers Workshop is coordinated by SDSU Extension, Mellette and Todd County Conservation Districts, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Mellette-Todd County Farm Service Agency and South Central Resource Conservation and Development Council. If you have any questions call 605-259-3252 extension 3.