NDSA ‘Rooted in Tradition, Growing for the Future’ at 87th Annual Convention and Trade Show
The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association’s (NDSA) 87th Annual Convention & Trade Show Sept. 22-24 at the Holiday Inn Riverside in Minot, N.D., will provide beef producers an opportunity to shape the policy that will ensure the North Dakota cattle industry’s long-rooted tradition continues to grow for the future.
The convention, themed “Rooted in Tradition, Growing for the Future,” begins on Thursday, Sept. 22, with a Golf Scramble at Wildwood Country Club in Burlington, N.D. Golfers can enter by contacting Scott Ressler, the Golf Scramble chairman, at (701) 391-7310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Producers seeking to gain a better understanding of market conditions at a time of significant volatility will get an in-depth look at the industry’s various marketing tools during the Cattlemen’s College Thursday afternoon. Marcus Brix, CattleFax analyst, will discuss trends and provide a market forecast. Tim Andriesen, managing director of agricultural and alternative investment products at the CME Group, will bring insight on the futures market and discuss recent revisions to the CME Group’s cattle futures contracts. Randy Martinson and Amy Ryan of Martinson Ag Risk Management will provide an overview of livestock risk protection options.
Thursday’s activities conclude with the opening of the Trade Show at 6 p.m. Supper will follow at 7 p.m. and an ice cream social at 8 p.m.
The Trade Show and a complimentary breakfast starts the day again at 8 a.m. on Friday. This year’s show includes more than 50 vendors from across the region and will give producers a close look at the latest products, services and technology available to the industry. The opening general session will follow at 8:45 a.m. and include opening addresses from the NDSA and North Dakota CattleWomen and the “Riding for the Brand” Recognition, which pays tribute to 65-year members reaching milestones in their memberships.
At 10:30 a.m., Tracy Brunner, a fourth-generation Ramona, Kan., rancher and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president, will discuss national beef industry policy issues and gather feedback from North Dakota cattlemen and women.
The convention will break for lunch before reconvening at 1 p.m. for meetings of the NDSA’s Ag Policy, Feeding & Marketing, Research & Education, Resolutions, Animal Health, Environmental Issues and Brand & Theft Committees.
Grassroots policymaking is at the heart of the NDSA’s work and culminates at the NDSA Annual Convention & Trade Show. During this year’s committee meetings, members will discuss and debate policy issues and learn from industry experts who will offer informational reports on topics such as the Veterinary Feed Directive, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture, cattle futures market changes, endangered species updates, mountain lion quotas and more.
A 6 p.m. social and 7 p.m. supper will follow the committee meetings.
After a day packed with policy-making, Comedian Russ Stolnack will entertain convention attendees with his award-winning impersonations and personalized comedy. Stolnack has performed at every level – from the stage in Las Vegas to appearances on ESPN, CBS and Fox Business Channel. He was the National Speaker Association’s humorous speaker of the year.
Saturday begins with the general session at 8:15 a.m. The session includes several industry experts including:
John Lundeen, senior executive director of market research at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, who will discuss current market trends among beef consumers and the work being done to bolster beef demand. Lundeen works to capture consumer insights to help the beef industry respond to its consumers.
Steve Dittmer, Agribusiness Freedom Foundation (AFF) executive vice president, who will visit North Dakota to discuss front-burner national issues like trade, immigration and environmental regulations and what they mean to North Dakota’s beef sector. Dittmer has worked for more than a dozen years to provide facts, reasoned analysis and bold opinion regarding beef industry economics and politics. In his role at the AFF, he works to point out ignored facts, distortions and the agendas of those attempting to “reform” the beef industry.
Bruce Vincent, third-generation logger from Libby, Mont., who will detail his family’s journey in pushing back on activist-driven regulations that have threatened natural resource industries. In 1988, Vincent helped form Communities for a Great Northwest, a non-profit education and information group dedicated to the intelligent use of natural resources. Vincent is also a partner in the public relations firm Environomics and often provides testimony on resource issues before Congress.
The North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation Luncheon will commence at noon Saturday. The luncheon will include scholarship presentations, recognition of the NDSA Mentoring Program class, interns and national Beef Quality Assurance Program and Environmental Stewardship Award Program winners from North Dakota.
The closing session begins at 1:30 p.m., and will include the adoption of resolutions, committee reports, director and officer elections, retiring director presentations and the membership contest results.
Saturday evening will feature the NDSA’s Annual Banquet. During the banquet, the NDSA will recognize its Honorary Members, the Rancher of the Year, the Environmental Stewardship Award Program recipient, two Honorary Local Brand Inspectors and employees for their years of service.
Dr. Rick Rigsby will be the banquet speaker. Rigsby has served as the former character coach for the Texas A&M University football team and now devotes his full attention to empowering people worldwide – from presenting leadership principles in Nigeria to speaking to Fortune 500 companies in the Americas, Europe and Canada. A favorite among professional sports organizations, Rigsby offers common-sense wisdom to those desiring to rise to greater levels of excellence.
One-day and full convention registrations are available online. Take advantage of discounted prices by pre-registering by Sept. 8. For more information, visit http://www.ndstockmen.org.
–North Dakota Stockmen’s Association
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Many students around the state of North Dakota will soon have the chance to try beef produced in their own backyard.