SDCA members elect officers and set policy for 2010 |

SDCA members elect officers and set policy for 2010

The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association wrapped up their 61st Annual Convention and Trade Show recently. In addition to officer elections and policy development, the two day event included educational speakers and an outstanding trade show featuring more than 70 vendors.

The event concluded on Thursday with the Annual Membership Meeting, where SDCA members elected a new officer team. Bryan Nagel, a feeder from Avon, was elected to serve as SDCA’s President in 2010 and Bill Slovek, a cow-calf producer from Philip, will be the 1st Vice President. Newly elected to the officer team, Jeff Smeenk of Newell will serve as 2nd Vice President and Jon VanderPol from Platte will finish his two-year term as SDCA’s Secretary/Treasurer.

“With all the issues facing cattlemen today, it’s more important than ever to speak with a unified voice,” noted Bryan Nagel, SDCA’s new President. “The convention gives cattlemen from across the state an opportunity to learn more about industry issues and share concerns.”

Members set new policy during the convention on hot-button issues ranging from Climate Change legislation to health care reform and animal care. SDCA’s new policy on Climate Change supports the development of science-based greenhouse gas emissions data for cattle production systems and the development of a voluntary, market-based system for agricultural greenhouse gas offsets. However, SDCA opposes the current legislative proposals which would increase consumer expenses, potentially causing an unwarranted decrease in demand for beef based on unsubstantiated greenhouse gas emissions.

Other policy resolutions address EPA’s proposed dust regulation, funding for roads in South Dakota, confiscation of livestock due to alleged inhumane treatment, brand inspection and health care reform.

Bill Slovek, SDCA’s newly-elected 1st Vice President noted, “In these challenging times, it’s important for cattlemen to contribute not only their membership dues, but also their time to ensure our grassroots organization continues to be an effective voice for our members. Having our members participate to help us draft policy and elect our leadership is imperative to our continued success.”

Other issues addressed during the SDCA Convention included estate planning, implementing technology in beef production, extending the grazing season, and the beef packer’s perspective.

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