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SD Stockgrowers Convention a success

Starla Lyon

The 2008 South Dakota Stockgrowers and South Dakota Cattlewomen Convention was declared a success by organizers and speakers alike. Held at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City, the 117th annual event hosted a number of members and presenters from throughout the area.

Thursday kicked off with registration allowing a time for people to visit with folks they may only see each other once a year for the event. Wildlife speakers followed as well as speakers pertaining to water and food issues.

“We had a lot of good speakers and presentations this year,” said Executive Director Margaret Nachtigall of Rapid City. “I think the committee really did a great job in lining up folks who could address the issues we all wanted to learn about.”

SD Stockgrowers President Larry Nelson was present for an important program held on Thursday and presented by Maxine Korman of Hinsdale, MT. The presentation was for the Ag and Natural Resources Committee and addressed several land rights issues.

“The presentation about water rights raised a lot of good points,” Nelson said. “It’s really important to follow the chain of title when it comes to our land. It’s a good idea to go all the way back to the original land title and not just rely on the title insurance. We need to document that land. Even here, you never know what’s going to happen. Make sure you’re covered and you know the facts.”

In strolling the halls of the Holiday Inn, one could find a booth having to do with just about anything Agriculture. Everything from livestock feed and supplement companies to Investment or tax advisors, magazines and livestock producer advocates were represented. Information was available to anyone pertaining to the products and services they all had to offer.

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“All of us had a lot on our plate, but I got to meet some new people and I was really pleased with the turnout this year,” said Nachtigall. “We all certainly agree that the producer and the consumer need to get closer and understand each other better.”

Several lighthearted events took place throughout the convention including an ice cream social in which each vending booth offered different condiments to add to the ice cream members were given. There was also a silent auction, a live auction and even a slave auction.

“The ice cream was a lot of fun as always,” Nactigall added. “This year the slave auction was really a good time as well. The kids were mostly children of Stockgrower members and were purchased to work for the buyer for a day.”

“We really had a broad spectrum of vendors this year,” said Region 1 Vice President Bill Kluck of Mud Butte. “We were all really pleased with how it turned out and the speakers were just phenomenal.”

“I’m really excited to be a part of the Stockgrowers and I like the direction we are taking,” Kluck continued. “I’m pleased with our convention this year and I think it’s clear that we are trying to reach out to the both the producer and the consumer. We are all asking ourselves what we can do to make our industry better.”

Kirk Chaffee of Sturgis was one of the speakers and was happy with the turnout and questions he received and answered during his presentation.

“We went over some ag land evaluation laws that are in effect now and talked about what might be coming in the future,” he said. “We’ve been gathering a lot of data pertaining to income tax and discussed the cost and income approach. Just because a neighbor sells 40 acres for a high dollar amount doesn’t mean all other surrounding ag land will be valued the same. We had a good discussion about the difference between price and actual value of land including animal units.”

Several important issues were addressed during the convention. One on everyone’s mind was the fact that the brand inspection process has been taken over by the state. A banquet was held Friday night to honor brand inspectors.

“We had a good turnout over all,” said Nelson. “I heard some really good comments about the convention this year.”

The 2008 South Dakota Stockgrowers and South Dakota Cattlewomen Convention was declared a success by organizers and speakers alike. Held at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City, the 117th annual event hosted a number of members and presenters from throughout the area.

Thursday kicked off with registration allowing a time for people to visit with folks they may only see each other once a year for the event. Wildlife speakers followed as well as speakers pertaining to water and food issues.

“We had a lot of good speakers and presentations this year,” said Executive Director Margaret Nachtigall of Rapid City. “I think the committee really did a great job in lining up folks who could address the issues we all wanted to learn about.”

SD Stockgrowers President Larry Nelson was present for an important program held on Thursday and presented by Maxine Korman of Hinsdale, MT. The presentation was for the Ag and Natural Resources Committee and addressed several land rights issues.

“The presentation about water rights raised a lot of good points,” Nelson said. “It’s really important to follow the chain of title when it comes to our land. It’s a good idea to go all the way back to the original land title and not just rely on the title insurance. We need to document that land. Even here, you never know what’s going to happen. Make sure you’re covered and you know the facts.”

In strolling the halls of the Holiday Inn, one could find a booth having to do with just about anything Agriculture. Everything from livestock feed and supplement companies to Investment or tax advisors, magazines and livestock producer advocates were represented. Information was available to anyone pertaining to the products and services they all had to offer.

“All of us had a lot on our plate, but I got to meet some new people and I was really pleased with the turnout this year,” said Nachtigall. “We all certainly agree that the producer and the consumer need to get closer and understand each other better.”

Several lighthearted events took place throughout the convention including an ice cream social in which each vending booth offered different condiments to add to the ice cream members were given. There was also a silent auction, a live auction and even a slave auction.

“The ice cream was a lot of fun as always,” Nactigall added. “This year the slave auction was really a good time as well. The kids were mostly children of Stockgrower members and were purchased to work for the buyer for a day.”

“We really had a broad spectrum of vendors this year,” said Region 1 Vice President Bill Kluck of Mud Butte. “We were all really pleased with how it turned out and the speakers were just phenomenal.”

“I’m really excited to be a part of the Stockgrowers and I like the direction we are taking,” Kluck continued. “I’m pleased with our convention this year and I think it’s clear that we are trying to reach out to the both the producer and the consumer. We are all asking ourselves what we can do to make our industry better.”

Kirk Chaffee of Sturgis was one of the speakers and was happy with the turnout and questions he received and answered during his presentation.

“We went over some ag land evaluation laws that are in effect now and talked about what might be coming in the future,” he said. “We’ve been gathering a lot of data pertaining to income tax and discussed the cost and income approach. Just because a neighbor sells 40 acres for a high dollar amount doesn’t mean all other surrounding ag land will be valued the same. We had a good discussion about the difference between price and actual value of land including animal units.”

Several important issues were addressed during the convention. One on everyone’s mind was the fact that the brand inspection process has been taken over by the state. A banquet was held Friday night to honor brand inspectors.

“We had a good turnout over all,” said Nelson. “I heard some really good comments about the convention this year.”

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