South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and SD Cattlewomen are set to host the 124th Annual Convention and Tradeshow on October 1 and 2 at the Best Western Ramkota Convention Center in Rapid City. The two-day convention will feature a strong line-up of speakers and events along with policy discussions, and the annual business meetings for both associations.
“We are looking forward to hosting our members and friends at the 124th Annual Convention and to celebrate a great year in the livestock industry,” said Bob Fortune, President of Stockgrowers from Belvidere. “I really encourage everyone to join us in Rapid City for a great convention that will be a lot of fun.”
The 124th Annual convention will feature a number of speakers on issues impacting the livestock industry and several workshops to help ranchers learn tools to strengthen their businesses. The SD Cattlewomen’s convention will feature planning sessions for future beef promotions, crafts, and a workshop on the Masters of Beef Advocacy program and social media training.
Thursday’s program will open with Bill Bullard, CEO of R-CALF USA followed by a variety of speakers and committee meetings on international trade, property rights, and animal health. The afternoon will feature a workshop by Alan Hojer from First Dakota National Bank’s “Keep Farmers Farming” program to help families think strategically about generational transfers within a family ranching operation. Thursday evening’s keynote speaker is Mr. Alan Guebert, the author of the Farm and Food Files and critical analyst on a number of issues important to the livestock industry.
Friday will begin with an inspirational breakfast and more great speakers and committee meetings. Tracy Hunt will present information on the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. SDSU Extension will offer a comprehensive look at three key computer accounting programs and using them for ranch recordkeeping. The SD Cattlewomen will meet as well to plan their promotion events and learn about beef advocacy. State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven will present during the luncheon followed with an SDSU ice cream social. The Annual membership meeting will be held at 3:30pm to consider policy changes, directives to the board, and to elect board members and officers.
The Friday evening Awards and Recognition Banquet will recognize leaders and the retiring President, Bob Fortune. The Guy E Ham Beef Industry scholarship winners will be presented before the fundraiser auction begins. Midwest Dueling Pianos will wrap up the convention with a fun and energetic performance, taking requests from the audience and keeping the dancefloor moving.
For a full agenda and details of the convention, please visit www.southdakotastockgrowers.org or call the SD Stockgrowers Office at 605-342-0429. Hotel Reservations can be made by calling the Ramkota at 605-343-8550 and asking for the SD Stockgrowers rate. Registration can be completed online or at the convention.