Walths named 2016 SDSU Friends of Beef Industry
BROOKINGS, S.D. – Glenham, S.D. ranchers Allen and Becky Walth were recognized as the 2016 South Dakota State University Friends of the Beef Industry during the SDSU Beef Bowl football game in Brookings Sept. 17.
Both SDSU alumni, the Walths were financial contributors to the new state-of-the-art SDSU Cow-Calf Education and Research Facility that was recently built to better enable research, teaching and extension.
“SDSU gave us the education which has allowed us to build our business from the ground up,” said Allen. “This is our way of giving back – to invest in the lives of future SDSU students.”
Another way the couple is impacting SDSU students is through the summer internship program they began offering at their farm in 2015, along with a scholarship for students pursuing an Animal Science degree. “It’s been an education for the students and also for Allen and me,” Becky said.
Allen and Becky have also both been involved in many industry-related organizations as advocates for issues that impact production agriculture.
Becky currently serves on the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) representing them as a National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Director serving in many capacities. She currently represents SDSU as a Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET) delegate, serves on the Ag Advisory Committee, chairs the SDBIC Research Committee and was also honored as the 2015 Eminent Farmer/Rancher by the SDSU College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences.
Allen has served on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and currently serves on the Cattle Health and Well Being Committee for the S.D. Cattlemen’s Association and NCBA.
“Allen and Becky Walth’s passion for the beef industry is evident in donations of their time to support the beef industry at the local, state and national level,” said Joseph Cassady, head of the SDSU Animal Science Department. “They built their ranching and farming operations from humble beginnings.”
Allen and Becky started their farming and ranching operation in 1977 with only five cows. Together they have grown the operation to a 350-head cow-calf herd run on 6,000-plus acres on the banks of the Missouri River.
Allen is a 1971 Animal Science graduate of SDSU and Becky earned a Home Economics Education degree in 1976. Both of their children are also SDSU alumni. Steven graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering and is a senior test engineer for Gehl. Kristi earned a Pharmacy degree and works for Thrifty White Pharmacy. The Walths also have four grandchildren.