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South Dakota Stockgrowers wrap up 2011 convention

Courtesy photoKenny Fox passes the gavel and presidency of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association to Shane Kolb during the membership meeting on Friday afternoon, Sept. 23.

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The South Dakota Stockgrowers’ 120th Annual Convention and Trade Show wrapped up on Saturday, Sept. 24 after four days of speakers and meetings to update members on policies, elect new officers for the Association and adopt of several new policies.

“We had a great convention this year with some really impressive speakers as well as a great turnout of members and supporters,” said Kenny Fox, immediate past President.

The keynote address from USDA undersecretary of marketing and regulatory reform Edward Avalos was a highlight of the convention. Avalos spoke immediately and directly to the proposed GIPSA rule which the Stockgrowers Association strongly supports. He stated that a final rule would likely be completed this fall and thanked producers for submitting over 61,000 comments for consideration in the process.



On the new Animal Disease Traceability proposal, Avalos admitted that the proposal was receiving opposition. He urged producers to offer constructive criticism, and said, “We need comments. I promise you that those comments are going to guide how we publish the final rule.”

George Chambers, President of R-CALF USA addressed the audience on Thursday evening. His presentation urged producers to get involved in organizations like Stockgrowers and to represent their industry with pride, integrity and enthusiasm for the work and the policies that keep ranches operating in rural America.



The Brand Committee meeting featured a panel of speakers that included Brand Board members Scott Vance of Faith, SD, and Wanda Blair of Vale, SD, Brand Board Director Larry Stearns and DCI Agent Scott Rechtenbaugh. The discussion centered mostly on the possibility of new legislation pertaining to inspection fees and shippers permits. Rechtenbaugh was also able to update members on the recent transfer of the Brand Investigators to the Department of Criminal Investigation.

Bill Kluck, Senator Larry Rhoden and Meade County Director of Equalization Kirk Chaffee discussed the state’s production-based property tax system. Kluck expressed several concerns about the implementation of the law especially in regard to the livestock/grazing land. Chaffee explained how his office tries to work with landowners and Senator Rhoden spoke about the legislative process. “We knew this property tax system was going to take some tweaks and we’re dedicated to looking at those suggestions, but I still think that the production-based system is what needed to be done,” Rhoden said.

The Wildlife Committee hosted Tony Leif of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department who talked in detail about the prairie dog management plan and the new law allowing hunting of coyotes from snowmobiles. Leif stressed the importance of informing the public about the requirements for the new snowmobile laws.

The South Dakota Stockgrowers’ 120th Annual Convention and Trade Show wrapped up on Saturday, Sept. 24 after four days of speakers and meetings to update members on policies, elect new officers for the Association and adopt of several new policies.

“We had a great convention this year with some really impressive speakers as well as a great turnout of members and supporters,” said Kenny Fox, immediate past President.

The keynote address from USDA undersecretary of marketing and regulatory reform Edward Avalos was a highlight of the convention. Avalos spoke immediately and directly to the proposed GIPSA rule which the Stockgrowers Association strongly supports. He stated that a final rule would likely be completed this fall and thanked producers for submitting over 61,000 comments for consideration in the process.

On the new Animal Disease Traceability proposal, Avalos admitted that the proposal was receiving opposition. He urged producers to offer constructive criticism, and said, “We need comments. I promise you that those comments are going to guide how we publish the final rule.”

George Chambers, President of R-CALF USA addressed the audience on Thursday evening. His presentation urged producers to get involved in organizations like Stockgrowers and to represent their industry with pride, integrity and enthusiasm for the work and the policies that keep ranches operating in rural America.

The Brand Committee meeting featured a panel of speakers that included Brand Board members Scott Vance of Faith, SD, and Wanda Blair of Vale, SD, Brand Board Director Larry Stearns and DCI Agent Scott Rechtenbaugh. The discussion centered mostly on the possibility of new legislation pertaining to inspection fees and shippers permits. Rechtenbaugh was also able to update members on the recent transfer of the Brand Investigators to the Department of Criminal Investigation.

Bill Kluck, Senator Larry Rhoden and Meade County Director of Equalization Kirk Chaffee discussed the state’s production-based property tax system. Kluck expressed several concerns about the implementation of the law especially in regard to the livestock/grazing land. Chaffee explained how his office tries to work with landowners and Senator Rhoden spoke about the legislative process. “We knew this property tax system was going to take some tweaks and we’re dedicated to looking at those suggestions, but I still think that the production-based system is what needed to be done,” Rhoden said.

The Wildlife Committee hosted Tony Leif of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department who talked in detail about the prairie dog management plan and the new law allowing hunting of coyotes from snowmobiles. Leif stressed the importance of informing the public about the requirements for the new snowmobile laws.

The South Dakota Stockgrowers’ 120th Annual Convention and Trade Show wrapped up on Saturday, Sept. 24 after four days of speakers and meetings to update members on policies, elect new officers for the Association and adopt of several new policies.

“We had a great convention this year with some really impressive speakers as well as a great turnout of members and supporters,” said Kenny Fox, immediate past President.

The keynote address from USDA undersecretary of marketing and regulatory reform Edward Avalos was a highlight of the convention. Avalos spoke immediately and directly to the proposed GIPSA rule which the Stockgrowers Association strongly supports. He stated that a final rule would likely be completed this fall and thanked producers for submitting over 61,000 comments for consideration in the process.

On the new Animal Disease Traceability proposal, Avalos admitted that the proposal was receiving opposition. He urged producers to offer constructive criticism, and said, “We need comments. I promise you that those comments are going to guide how we publish the final rule.”

George Chambers, President of R-CALF USA addressed the audience on Thursday evening. His presentation urged producers to get involved in organizations like Stockgrowers and to represent their industry with pride, integrity and enthusiasm for the work and the policies that keep ranches operating in rural America.

The Brand Committee meeting featured a panel of speakers that included Brand Board members Scott Vance of Faith, SD, and Wanda Blair of Vale, SD, Brand Board Director Larry Stearns and DCI Agent Scott Rechtenbaugh. The discussion centered mostly on the possibility of new legislation pertaining to inspection fees and shippers permits. Rechtenbaugh was also able to update members on the recent transfer of the Brand Investigators to the Department of Criminal Investigation.

Bill Kluck, Senator Larry Rhoden and Meade County Director of Equalization Kirk Chaffee discussed the state’s production-based property tax system. Kluck expressed several concerns about the implementation of the law especially in regard to the livestock/grazing land. Chaffee explained how his office tries to work with landowners and Senator Rhoden spoke about the legislative process. “We knew this property tax system was going to take some tweaks and we’re dedicated to looking at those suggestions, but I still think that the production-based system is what needed to be done,” Rhoden said.

The Wildlife Committee hosted Tony Leif of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department who talked in detail about the prairie dog management plan and the new law allowing hunting of coyotes from snowmobiles. Leif stressed the importance of informing the public about the requirements for the new snowmobile laws.

The South Dakota Stockgrowers’ 120th Annual Convention and Trade Show wrapped up on Saturday, Sept. 24 after four days of speakers and meetings to update members on policies, elect new officers for the Association and adopt of several new policies.

“We had a great convention this year with some really impressive speakers as well as a great turnout of members and supporters,” said Kenny Fox, immediate past President.

The keynote address from USDA undersecretary of marketing and regulatory reform Edward Avalos was a highlight of the convention. Avalos spoke immediately and directly to the proposed GIPSA rule which the Stockgrowers Association strongly supports. He stated that a final rule would likely be completed this fall and thanked producers for submitting over 61,000 comments for consideration in the process.

On the new Animal Disease Traceability proposal, Avalos admitted that the proposal was receiving opposition. He urged producers to offer constructive criticism, and said, “We need comments. I promise you that those comments are going to guide how we publish the final rule.”

George Chambers, President of R-CALF USA addressed the audience on Thursday evening. His presentation urged producers to get involved in organizations like Stockgrowers and to represent their industry with pride, integrity and enthusiasm for the work and the policies that keep ranches operating in rural America.

The Brand Committee meeting featured a panel of speakers that included Brand Board members Scott Vance of Faith, SD, and Wanda Blair of Vale, SD, Brand Board Director Larry Stearns and DCI Agent Scott Rechtenbaugh. The discussion centered mostly on the possibility of new legislation pertaining to inspection fees and shippers permits. Rechtenbaugh was also able to update members on the recent transfer of the Brand Investigators to the Department of Criminal Investigation.

Bill Kluck, Senator Larry Rhoden and Meade County Director of Equalization Kirk Chaffee discussed the state’s production-based property tax system. Kluck expressed several concerns about the implementation of the law especially in regard to the livestock/grazing land. Chaffee explained how his office tries to work with landowners and Senator Rhoden spoke about the legislative process. “We knew this property tax system was going to take some tweaks and we’re dedicated to looking at those suggestions, but I still think that the production-based system is what needed to be done,” Rhoden said.

The Wildlife Committee hosted Tony Leif of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department who talked in detail about the prairie dog management plan and the new law allowing hunting of coyotes from snowmobiles. Leif stressed the importance of informing the public about the requirements for the new snowmobile laws.

The South Dakota Stockgrowers’ 120th Annual Convention and Trade Show wrapped up on Saturday, Sept. 24 after four days of speakers and meetings to update members on policies, elect new officers for the Association and adopt of several new policies.

“We had a great convention this year with some really impressive speakers as well as a great turnout of members and supporters,” said Kenny Fox, immediate past President.

The keynote address from USDA undersecretary of marketing and regulatory reform Edward Avalos was a highlight of the convention. Avalos spoke immediately and directly to the proposed GIPSA rule which the Stockgrowers Association strongly supports. He stated that a final rule would likely be completed this fall and thanked producers for submitting over 61,000 comments for consideration in the process.

On the new Animal Disease Traceability proposal, Avalos admitted that the proposal was receiving opposition. He urged producers to offer constructive criticism, and said, “We need comments. I promise you that those comments are going to guide how we publish the final rule.”

George Chambers, President of R-CALF USA addressed the audience on Thursday evening. His presentation urged producers to get involved in organizations like Stockgrowers and to represent their industry with pride, integrity and enthusiasm for the work and the policies that keep ranches operating in rural America.

The Brand Committee meeting featured a panel of speakers that included Brand Board members Scott Vance of Faith, SD, and Wanda Blair of Vale, SD, Brand Board Director Larry Stearns and DCI Agent Scott Rechtenbaugh. The discussion centered mostly on the possibility of new legislation pertaining to inspection fees and shippers permits. Rechtenbaugh was also able to update members on the recent transfer of the Brand Investigators to the Department of Criminal Investigation.

Bill Kluck, Senator Larry Rhoden and Meade County Director of Equalization Kirk Chaffee discussed the state’s production-based property tax system. Kluck expressed several concerns about the implementation of the law especially in regard to the livestock/grazing land. Chaffee explained how his office tries to work with landowners and Senator Rhoden spoke about the legislative process. “We knew this property tax system was going to take some tweaks and we’re dedicated to looking at those suggestions, but I still think that the production-based system is what needed to be done,” Rhoden said.

The Wildlife Committee hosted Tony Leif of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department who talked in detail about the prairie dog management plan and the new law allowing hunting of coyotes from snowmobiles. Leif stressed the importance of informing the public about the requirements for the new snowmobile laws.


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