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N.D. Stockmen Assoc. to host convention

Eighty-five years ago, ranchers across western North Dakota recognized the need for an outfit to help rid the region of rogue cattle rustlers who threatened their livelihoods. They needed solutions "right here, right now." That's why they organized the North Dakota Stockmen's Association (NDSA) – an organization that has been committed to helping ranchers solve problems for eight-and-a-half decades.

The NDSA invites everyone to the 85th Annual NDSA Convention & Trade Show, "Right Here, Right Now," Sept. 25-27 in Dickinson, N.D.

The special anniversary event begins at 9 a.m. MT, Thursday, Sept. 25, with a Golf Scramble and Hole-In-One Contest at Pheasant Country Golf Course near South Heart, N.D. To register, contact Daryl Zarak at 701-590-3590.

That afternoon, convention-goers will head to Dickinson State University's Ag Building on the West Campus for Cattlemen's College.

On Sept. 26, convention activities will take place at the Grand Dakota Lodge.

The opening general session begins at 8:45 a.m. and will include welcome addresses, a chief brand inspector report, committee reports and a special recognition of long-time NDSA members. During the Candidates' Forum, members will learn about those vying for NDSA leadership positions. Steve Brooks of Bowman, N.D., and Warren Zenker of Gackle, N.D., have been nominated for president and vice president, respectively.

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Policy development is planned for Friday afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. Policy committees will explore topics ranging from property and income taxes to the Endangered Species Act; hear from a variety of experts, including the State Board of Animal Health veterinarians to senior-level officials of the processing plant in Aberdeen, S.D.; and establish resolutions that explain cattle industry perspectives on important issues.

The general session begins at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, and will include four speakers.

The first will be Mike Murphy, with CattleFax. Murphy will discuss market opportunities available to U.S. ag producers during this unprecedented period of all-time high prices and extreme volatility.

NDSA members will also have the opportunity to visit with the Environmental Protection Agency's Allison Wiedeman about topics like Waters of the United States and the interpretive rule.

Third, NDSA Past President and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Region 7 Vice President Jason Schmidt of Medina, N.D., will discuss his role in policy-making and introduce Kristina Butts, NCBA executive director of legislative affairs, the morning's final speaker. Butts leads NCBA's lobbying efforts on food safety, nutrition, energy, animal welfare and animal health issues. She will report on important developments on Capitol Hill on issues like WOTUS, country-of-origin labeling, Dietary Guidelines, international trade, taxes and the Farm Bill.

The closing session, where NDSA members will adopt resolutions and elect directors and officers, will follow.

The NDSA will salute several outstanding members at the banquet, including outgoing President Jason Zahn of Towner, N.D., and the late Stanley Pope of Bowman, N.D., and Terry Robinson of Bismarck, N.D., who will receive Honorary Membership Awards; the Woroniecki Brothers Ranch of Hebron, N.D., who will be honored as the Rancher of the Year; Delbert Eszlinger of Ashley, N.D., who will receive the Honorary Local Brand Inspector Award; and an Environmental Stewardship Award recipient. The organization will also recognize employees who have reached special career milestones, such as Rodney Lutz of Hettinger, N.D.; Joe Roshau of Dickinson, N.D.; Cliff Sanders, Jr., of Durbin, N.D.; Arlyn Schumacher of Hazelton, N.D.; Willy Sevland of Granville, N.D.; and retiree Brian Pfeifle, formerly of Mandan, N.D.

Registration information is available at http://www.ndstockmen.org. Those who pre-register by Sept. 11 will receive discounted prices and a commemorative t-shirt.

–N.D. Stockmen's Association