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CALL TO ACTION: Submit Comments on the Proposed GIPSA Rule by FRIDAY - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Late last fall, USDA acknowledged the agency would continue the rulemaking process on the 2010 Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act (GIPSA) proposed rules. The proposed rulemaking was initially undertaken in 2010 and quickly defunded by Congress, which recognized them as a flawed concept that limits producers’ marketing options while adding layers of bureaucracy and opening the door to litigation. SDCA was stringently opposed to the rules in 2010 and we remain concerned about the (full story)


Member Benefit - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Cow-Calf Council has graciously agreed to cover ½ of the $300 tuition for any SDCA member that would like to attend any of these lectureships.  Note, there is a Genetics lectureship scheduled in Rapid City on May 11-12.  To take advantage of this offer, please submit a copy of your lectureship registration confirmation to our office (email office@sdcattlemen.org or mail to the address below) and we will get you reimbursed.  Please contact the office with any quest (full story)


FARMERS FEEDING FAMILIES MARCH 30th - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Each year during March, we take time to celebrate National Ag Week and the delicious foods that farmers produce. Unfortunately although we produce an abundance of food, 1 in 8 people in our state are at risk of going hungry. That's why we are taking time to make sure that food is getting to those that need it most.    On Thursday, March 30th we will prepare and serve a meal at The Banquet in Sioux Falls. If you are involved in agriculture, we need your help (full story)


South Dakota’s Deer Management Plan Available for Review - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has completed a draft of the South Dakota White-Tailed Deer and Mule Deer Management Plan for 2017-2023 and is currently seeking review and comment from the public from now until April 16, 2017. This draft management plan provides a background on deer ecology, past management and research, challenges for balancing population levels between hunter and landowner desires, and objectives and strategies to guide deer managemen (full story)


Soil Health Workshop March 28th and March 29th with David Brandt - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

You are invited to a Free Soil  Health Workshop featuring Ohio Farmer David Brandt it will be held in Comfrey MN on March 28 th and in Marshall MN on March 29th.  http://www.mnglca.org/events.html (full story)


Water Quality and Beef Sustainability – Producer Survey - Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Dear Beef Producer,   Water quality is important to sustainable beef production. Every day beef producers implement practices that improve water quality, reduce nutrients in surface waters, or have positive impacts on water quality through land use and pasture and range management. Some of these practices are encouraged through cost share programs by the USDA, but many others are implemented for a variety of other reasons.   To characterize water quality managem (full story)


NRCS SD Extended Signup Deadline for EQIP Soil Health Initiative - Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Batching Date is Extended to April 21, 2017 NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE, Huron, SD, March 2, 2017–USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in South Dakota is extending the signup for the Statewide Soil Health Initiative for the purpose of integating livestock back into production systems to maximize soil health benefits.        The application batching date is extended to April 21, 2017. Landowners and producers are encou (full story)


Online Beef University: Beef up on Beef - Wednesday, March 8, 2017

BROOKINGS, S.D. - SDSU Extension encourages South Dakota cattle producers to participate in Beef University, a new online learning opportunity provided through the National Beef Checkoff. "This is an excellent learning opportunity for beef producers to learn more about the product they produce," said B. Lynn Gordon , Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Agricultural Leadership Specialist. "Or, they can simply take this course to brush up on production facts, beef labeling issues, bee (full story)


Tuberculosis Found in South Dakota Cattle - Friday, March 3, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, March 2, 2017 Contact: Dustin Oedekoven, DVM, State Veterinarian 605-773-3321     Tuberculosis Found in South Dakota Cattle   PIERRE, SD. – Bovine tuberculosis (TB) has been confirmed in a South Dakota beef herd. State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven says that the suspect animals were initially identified in February by meat inspectors during routine slaughter inspection of otherwise healthy (full story)


KRIRM Expands Lectureship Outreach to Oklahoma, Montana, and South Dakota - Friday, March 3, 2017

News from KRIRM   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   KRIRM Expands Lectureship Outreach to Oklahoma, Montana, and South Dakota     KINGSVILLE, TEXAS (March 3, 2017)— The King Ranch®Institute for Ranch Management (KRIRM) will hold three off-site lectureships in 2017, expanding from the events held in Kingsville, Texas, to Oklahoma, Montana, and South Dakota. Traditionally, all the lectureships offered are held in Kingsville, Texas. However, as the lectureships grew in attendance numbers and expanded in topics, the decision to host events in other ranching states (in addition to the events held in Kingsville) was the next logical step in KRIRM’s outreach mission to offer the highest quality lectureships and symposia to ranching industry stakeholders. In May of 2017, KRIRM will partner with Montana State University Extension and South Dakota State University West River Ag Center to offer the Application of Advanced Genetic Technology in Beef Cattle. Two sessions will be held: May 8-9, 2017, in Bozeman, Mont., and May 11-12, 2017, in Rapid City, South Dakota. In early 2016 when this lectureship was held for the first time in Kingsville, a record lectureship attendance of more than 60 ranchers, landowners, and stakeholders from nine states and two countries attended to learn about genetic selection and evaluation innovations that have rapidly evolved over the years. Beef cattle experts Dr. Bob Weaber and Dr. Matt Spangler instructed the lectureship, helping attendees to build and apply their knowledge of genetic advancements in the real world of seedstock and commercial cattle production. Both Weaber and Spangler will return as instructors for the lectureships offered in Montana and South Dakota.       The third lectureship held off-site will be the Human Resource Management for Ranchers lectureship in Ardmore, Okla. June 9-10, 2017. This lectureship will be held in partnership with The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation , an independent, non-profit organization that strives to advance agricultural science and practice through field and laboratory research, and through consultation to farmers, ranchers, and land managers in the Southern Great Plains. The human resource management lectureship will offer attendees training in workforce planning and employee management, and is designed to build the skill set of ranch managers so they can more effectively plan for, understand, and lead current and future employees of the ranch. In 2016, the Strategic Planning Lectureship was the first KRIRM lectureship held out-of-state, and it offered a glimpse into the potential success of holding lectureships in more central regions of the country. The lectureship was held in partnership with the Noble Foundation at its campus in Ardmore. Because of its great success and positive feedback from the more than 42 ranchers and agriculturalists in attendance, the decision was made to host the Human Resource Management for Ranchers Lectureship with the Noble Foundation in 2017. “We believe partners like The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Oklahoma, the Extension Service at land grant universities, and potentially other organizations will be a key component to increase the outreach of KRIRM,” said Clay Mathis, Ph.D., director and endowed chair of KRIRM. Registration to the genetic technology and human resource management lectureships is $300 for each event, which includes all workbook materials, equipment, refreshments, and meals. More information about each lectureship—including the agendas, learning objectives, and location information—can be found at krirm.tamuk.edu/lectureships /, or call the KRIRM office at 361-593-5401. (full story)


Oklahoma Cattleman Testifies in Washington on Conservation Policy - said ‘Voluntary’ is key to making programs work for farmers and ranchers - Friday, March 3, 2017

WASHINGTON (Feb. 28, 2017) – Fifth-generation Oklahoma cattle rancher Chuck Coffey today testified on behalf of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association regarding  the value of voluntary conservation efforts. Coffey testified at the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry’s hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation programs. “USDA’s conservation programs have been a great asset to cattle producers (full story)


The 3 Ds Strategy to Market U.S. Beef Worldwide - Friday, March 3, 2017

When the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), contractor to the beef checkoff, is making plans to increase the movement of U.S. beef into export markets, they keep a “3-D” strategy in mind: 1) Develop, 2) Displace and 3) Defend. That is, Develop new markets and new sectors in existing markets, Displace the competition, and Defend the U.S. market share against aggressive competition by other beef exporters worldwide. Developing New Beef Markets – A Case Study Develop (full story)


New Research Examines Beef Demand Indices - Friday, March 3, 2017

Beef demand is critical to understand and monitor as it directly influences overall beef industry prosperity. When beef demand strengthens, beef and cattle prices for the entire industry are higher than they otherwise would be, says Kansas State University Economist Glynn Tonsor. This highlights the clear economic value in accurately measuring beef demand. One way to do this is through construction of an index that provides an easy to understand, single-measure indicator of beef demand over (full story)


NRCS State Technical Committee to Meet March 8 in Huron - Friday, March 3, 2017

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE, Huron, SD, February 17, 2017–The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will hold the State Technical Committee (STC) Meeting on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at the Crossroads Hotel and Convention Center located at 100 Fourth Street SW, Huron, SD.  The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. The STC serves as an advisor to the NRCS State Conservationist.   The tentative agenda for the meeting includes Turner (full story)


Producer Education Webinar - Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cattlemen's Webinar Series (full story)


Trump Urged To Start Trade Talks With Japan - Thursday, February 16, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 7, 2017 – Ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state visit here, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council urged President Trump to begin negotiations on a free and fair trade agreement with Japan.   In a joint letter transmitted today to the White House, NCBA and NPPC asked the president “to initiate free trade agreement negotiations with nations in the Asia-Pacific region beginning (full story)


Commodity Price Stabilization Expected in 2017 - Thursday, February 16, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 2, 2017) – After a volatile year, stability is returning to global commodity markets, at least for the time being, said CattleFax CEO Randy Blach this morning during the popular CattleFax Outlook Session at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. “After the ag market shocks of the past year and an approximate correction of 50 percent in all commodity markets, prices are beginning to stabilize,” said Blach. “That doesn&rsquo (full story)


Insider Shares Political Realities at Record-Breaking Cattle Industry Convention - Thursday, February 16, 2017

Dana Perino tells audience to “Expect the Unexpected” NASHVILLE, TENN. (Feb. 3, 2017) – Actions of the new administration are like “a dog on ice chasing a marble,” Dana Perino told an audience at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 3. “You have to expect the unexpected.”   Perino spoke to many of the more than 9,000 cattlemen and women at the event – a record number of attendees for (full story)


Record Attendance in Nashville as NCBA Members New Elect Officers - Thursday, February 16, 2017

NASHVILLE, TENN. (Feb. 4, 2017) – The 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show wrapped up on Saturday with the election of Nebraska cattleman Craig Uden as the organization’s new president. More than 9,300 people attended this year’s convention, shattering the previous record of 8,200, to engage in grassroots policy process, hear from industry experts and attend the expansive tradeshow. Attendees enjoyed live music all week and closed the convention with a night (full story)


Producer Support Of Checkoff Softens, But Remains Strong - Thursday, February 16, 2017

An independent survey of producers found 69 percent continue to approve of the Beef Checkoff Program. Importantly, the more producers know about the program, the more supportive they are. The survey also found that producers are generally more optimistic about the cattle industry than they were a year ago. “We’ve all experienced a very challenging year, both within the industry and in other aspects of our lives,” says Jo Stanko, Investor Relations Working Group (IRWG (full story)


Beef Exports Increase U.S. Carcass Values - Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mouthwatering steaks, juicy burgers and delectable roasts. That’s what consumers here in the U.S. love. But what about the underutilized parts of the beef animal? If we don’t consume them here in the U.S., where do they go, and who uses them?       “I think about  the world of possibility and potential that’s floating out there , especially if we are able to gain access to China,” says Louisiana beef producer Amelia Kent. “This (full story)


SDSU Extension Releases 2017 Pest Management Guides Available - Thursday, February 16, 2017

BROOKINGS, S.D. - South Dakota 2017 Pest Management guides are available online as PDF downloads or as hard copies at SDSU Extension Regional Centers and SDSU Extension events.   "The guides provide recommendations for herbicides, insecticides, seed treatments, and fungicides that are available in South Dakota for controlling weeds, insects, and diseases," explained Paul Johnson, SDSU Extension Weed Science Coordinator.   The guides are available for the following (full story)


Commodity Price Stabilization Expected in 2017 - Thursday, February 2, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 2, 2017) – After a volatile year, stability is returning to global commodity markets, at least for the time being, said CattleFax CEO Randy Blach this morning during the popular CattleFax Outlook Session at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. “After the ag market shocks of the past year and an approximate correction of 50 percent in all commodity markets, prices are beginning to stabilize,” said Blach. “That doesn&rsquo (full story)


BQA Certification Now Free, Online, 24/7 - Thursday, February 2, 2017

You read the headline right. The checkoff’s Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification is now always FREE online ! It’s a new interactive online experience that beef and dairy producers can sign up for and complete at their convenience. Why BQA? Because it tells consumers that you have a commitment to delivering a product that is backed by science-based standards. Certification also addresses many questions that consumers have about beef production. BQA ensures (full story)


State Animal Health Lab Bill Introduced - Thursday, February 2, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. – The Senate Appropriations Committee today introduced a bill on behalf of Gov. Dennis Daugaard to fund an upgrade and expansion to the state animal disease research and diagnostic laboratory. Located on the campus of South Dakota State University, the facility serves as the state animal health laboratory.     The lab develops and conducts tests to identify animal diseases, creates new protocols to distinguish unique disease strains, and develops vaccine (full story)


SOUTH DAKOTA CATTLEMEN’S FOUNDATION ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - Thursday, February 2, 2017

SDCF Call for Applications for Scholarship Program.pdf (full story)


Winter Livestock Integration Workshop - Thursday, February 2, 2017

Winter Feeding Strategies for Profitability and Soil Health.pdf (full story)


Selling U.S. Beef to the Rest of the World - Thursday, February 2, 2017

You know that the beef produced in the United States is delicious, nutritious and safe to eat. But did you know that consumers in more than 80 countries worldwide know that, too, thanks in part to your beef-checkoff investments? Foreign marketing of U.S. beef makes sense when you know that 95 percent of the global population – and 80 percent of the global buying power – is outside of U.S. borders. With the global population projected to nearly double by 2050, it’s easy (full story)


Cattlemen Hail Introduction of Legislation to Repeal Death Tax - Thursday, February 2, 2017

WASHINGTON (Jan. 25, 2017) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would permanently kill the onerous death tax. The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017 was introduced this week by U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and by U.S. Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) “As a fourth-generation cattle producer, I can attest that the death tax can wreak havoc with agricultural families, and it&rsquo (full story)


Registration Still Open for the 2017 Cattle Industry & NCBA Trade Show - Thursday, January 26, 2017

    IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER! Three days of exciting events and all the latest in Cattle Industryinformation and technology are just a click away !Full Registrations, Single Day Registrations and Trade Show Only Registrationsare available online oronsite. Visit the link below or stop by our registration booth in the Presidential Lobby of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort in Nashville to join the fun !               (full story)


Federation Reinforces Beef Promotion - Thursday, January 26, 2017

CENTENNIAL, COLO. (January 18, 2017) – A successful campaign to drive nationwide sales of fresh beef at retail has resulted in the confirmed movement of more than 270,000 units of fresh ground beef in less than two weeks. Today, the Federation of State Beef Councils of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association approved an additional $300,000 to extend the partnership with the mobile rebates app Ibotta through the Super Bowl, giving consumers more reasons to purchase great tasting (full story)


Faulkton Bank President to Retire - Thursday, January 26, 2017

Faulkton, SD – After more than 40 years in banking and finance, Dwight Hossle, market president for Dacotah Bank in Faulkton, SD has announced his retirement. Hossle began his career as an agricultural lender with 1 st National Bank in Aberdeen, now Wells Fargo. He spent the past 35 years in Faulkton and will retire on April 15. Dwight grew up on a ranch near Winner, SD where he attended Winner High School, graduating in 1971. He attended Northern State University in Aberdee (full story)


Cattlemen Support Nomination of Gov. Perdue to Lead U.S. Department of Agriculture - Thursday, January 26, 2017

WASHINGTON (Jan.18, 2017) - Tracy Brunner, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association , today released the following statement in support of President-elect Trump’s nomination of former Gov. Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture: “Governor Perdue’s an excellent pick to head the Agriculture Department. As a lifelong agri-businessman and veterinarian, as well as the (full story)


GFP Offers Programs and Assistance to Landowners Experiencing Deer Damage - Thursday, January 26, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. - Deep snow and extreme temperatures left their mark across South Dakota in recent weeks, with the most severe areas located in north-central and western South Dakota. “These weather conditions have resulted in deer concentrating to form several large herds. With cover and food resources limited, deer herds move into farmyards and storage areas for protection from the weather and to feed,” said Keith Fisk, GFP’s wildlife damage program administrator. &ldq (full story)


Beef On Hand at NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo - Thursday, January 26, 2017

Checkoff staff was on hand during the nation’s largest, best-attended health & fitness expo in Washington D.C., Jan. 7-8. Hundreds of consumers from the Northeast started the New Year on a healthful note, thanks to a partnership between the national beef checkoff and the Kentucky and Virginia beef councils. Those attending the 24 th NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo were invited to participate in a variety of activities in the beef checkoff booth. Participants captured (full story)


Investing in Efforts to Export More U.S. Beef - Thursday, January 26, 2017

The market climate for U.S. beef producers today is not what anyone would hope for. But one bright spot – especially for the long term – is the growth opportunity for U.S. beef exports. Growing populations around the world are opening the door for exports that can make a real difference for cattle producers. More on that, as Brian Baxter reports from Louisiana. Please  email Brian Baxter  for a copy of the full broadcast version of this vid (full story)


NCBA/PLC Support Confirmation of Rep. Zinke for Secretary of Interior - Thursday, January 26, 2017

WASHINGTON (Jan. 16, 2017) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council released the following statements today in support of the confirmation of Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) for the Secretary of Interior: “During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Zinke has consistently advocated for our western communities, economies, and ranchers,” said Tracy Brunner, NCBA president. “He has demanded transparency and (full story)


Keep It In the Family - Thursday, January 26, 2017

Keep It In the Family Angus University panel discusses ranch transition. by   Kindra Gordon,   field editor Three Angus families shared their stories of working through generational succession on their operations during a panel discussion hosted as part of the Angus University Workshops on Nov. 6. Kansas Angus breeders Mark Gardiner of Gardiner Angus Ranch, Ashland, and Paige Pratt of Johnson Farms LLC, Dwight, were joined by Donnell Brown of R.A. Brown Ranch based (full story)


What's Up with Your Beef Checkoff Program? - Friday, January 13, 2017

Interactive 2016 CBB annual report highlights results The 2016 Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) Annual Report now is available to provide results of Beef Checkoff Programs to the beef producers and importers who invest in this national self-help program. Located at http://2016annualreport.beefboard.org/ , the report is offered in electronic form only, though the publishing program allows for interactive examples of checkoff programs and conversion to a pdf document for (full story)


CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM SIGN-UP ENDS FEBRUARY 3 - Friday, January 13, 2017

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE HURON, SD. January 13, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has been accepting and processing applications since November for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest conservation program.   NRCS has made several updates to the program this year to help producers better evaluate their conservation options and the benefits (full story)


Supreme Court Agrees to take EPA WOTUS Rule - Friday, January 13, 2017

WASHINGTON (Jan. 13, 2017) -- Scott Yager, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association environmental counsel, today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to grant the cert petition for the industry coalition lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency on its “waters of the United States” rule: “The Supreme Court’s decision to hear our appeal is a victory for America’s cattle producers and all private (full story)


A CATTLEMEN'S GUIDE TO THE VETERINARY FEED DIRECTIVE - Thursday, January 5, 2017

Concerns about the use of antibiotics in the feed of food animals was first expressed back in the 1960s. Since then there have been multiple reports and evaluations by different groups around the world. Our use of antibiotics to prevent, control, and treat bacterial disease in food animals is currently under great scrutiny, with pressure to describe and reduce our use. In 2003, the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine began to require the evaluation of the microbial safety of antibiotics that (full story)


Beef, Banking and Reality SDSU Extension Winter Cow/Calf Workshop - Thursday, January 5, 2017

CowCalf Meeting.pdf (full story)


5 observations about Tomi Lahren’s rant on COOL - Thursday, January 5, 2017

http://www.beefmagazine.com/communication/5-observations-about-tomi-lahren-s-rant-cool (full story)


Veterinary Feed Directive: You have questions? We have answers! - Thursday, January 5, 2017

            With Jan. 1, 2017 quickly approaching, it is important that cattle producers understand what changes are coming from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). NCBA has developed several resources to inform and educate producers about the regulations and requirements regarding VFDs.               NCBA’s Ant (full story)


Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Comment on Endangered Species Coalition Report - Thursday, January 5, 2017

Summary: The Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today commented on the Endangered Species Coalition’s report on priorities for a new administration by adding a few concerns of its own. PLC and NCBA maintain that effective conservation is only achieved through balanced management and a focus on truly imperiled species – not those targeted by activist groups with a “zero human footprint” agenda. (full story)


Checkoff Study: Beef Maintains Favorable Tenderness Ratings - Thursday, January 5, 2017

Contact: Melissa Jackson, 308-697-3486; mjackson@sandboxww.com Favorable tenderness ratings for beef steaks, which have improved significantly since 1990, have remained steady over the past five years, recent research shows. This quality retention has occurred despite environmental and financial challenges that could have derailed its progress. The beef checkoff-funded 2015/2016 National Beef Tenderness Survey was conducted at Texas A&M University, which has surveyed beef tender (full story)


Cattlemen’s Organization Conducts Aggressive Membership Campaign - Friday, December 9, 2016

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Emphasizes ‘Tough Times Require a Tough Team’   DENVER, COLO. (Dec. 2, 2016) – A hard-hitting, two-month membership campaign is being conducted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to strengthen the U.S. cattle producer’s voice in Washington, D.C. on issues critical to both individual cattlemen and women and the nation’s cattle industry. The “Tough Times Require a Tough Team” camp (full story)


Beef Dishes Shine at Sioux Falls Restaurant Crawl - Friday, December 9, 2016

Sioux Falls foodies enjoyed a terrific night of beef dishes and conversation with area beef producers on November 14. The progressive dinner included an appetizer at Prairie Berry East Bank, entrée at Crave, and dessert at Queen City Bakery. Thanks to the farmers and ranchers who joined us for the evening (full story)


Beef Industry’s Best, Brightest to Share Insights at Cattlemen’s College in Nashville Jan. 31 – Feb. 1 - Friday, December 9, 2016

Latest Research, Innovative Techniques will Improve Cattle Operations   Leading authorities in the cattle industry will be sharing their experience and knowledge in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2017, offering cattlemen and women practical information that can be turned into profit-building ideas at the 24 th annual Cattlemen’s College. The event, which kicks off the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, is sponsored by Zoetis and coordin (full story)


Strategic and Scenario Planning in Ranching to Weather the Storm - Friday, December 9, 2016

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Current markets have many South Dakota cattle producers asking, "How do we prepare for 2017 and weather this storm?"   Strategic planning is one answer given by Sean Kelly, SDSU Extension Range Management Field Specialist.   "Strategic planning is an often-used buzzword in the industry, that contains tools ranch managers can use to navigate through this time of uncertainty and market volatility," Kelly explained.   Strategic and (full story)


SDSU Graduate Student Earns National Cattlemen's Foundation Scholarship - Friday, December 9, 2016

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Megan Webb, a South Dakota State University meat science graduate student, has been chosen as a recipient of the prestigious W.D. Farr Scholarship from the National Cattlemen's Foundation (NCF). Webb joined the Animal Science Department as a Graduate Research Assistant in January 2015 to pursue her Ph.D. While at SDSU, Webb has been involved in several meat science research projects focusing on the impacts of pre-harvest management on end-product quality. Her most recent (full story)


QUARTERLY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING SET FOR NOVEMBER - Monday, November 14, 2016

PIERRE, SD - The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) board of directors and staff invite the public to attend the quarterly board meeting Mon., Nov. 21, 12:30 p.m. at the Ramkota Hotel River Centre in Pierre, SD in Gallery D/E. Directors will hear updates from staff, committee reports, the annual SDBIC independent audit report, and discuss programming for fiscal year 2017.   All beef producers are welcome (full story)


SDSU Graduate Student Earns National Cattlemen's Foundation Scholarship - Monday, November 14, 2016

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Megan Webb, a South Dakota State University meat science graduate student, has been chosen as a recipient of the prestigious W.D. Farr Scholarship from the National Cattlemen's Foundation (NCF). Webb joined the Animal Science Department as a Graduate Research Assistant in January 2015 to pursue her Ph.D. While at SDSU, Webb has been involved in several meat science research projects focusing on the impacts of pre-harvest management on end-product quality. Her most recent (full story)


Deadline Approaching for 2016 National Beef Quality Audit Producer Survey - Friday, November 4, 2016

Contact: Melissa Jackson, 308-697-3486; mjackson@sandboxww.com Beef producers all across the country, from every segment of the industry, are being encouraged to participate in a survey that will help establish a benchmark and course for the beef industry for 2017 and beyond. The Producer Survey of the checkoff-funded 2016 (full story)


NCBA and PLC File Opening Brief in WOTUS Legal Battle - Friday, November 4, 2016

WASHINGTON (November 1, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council , along with other industry and municipal stakeholders, filed the opening brief today in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals calling for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps’ “waters of the United States” rule to be invalidated. Tracy Brunner, NCBA president and Kansas cattle producer said (full story)


Federation Funds Promotions - Friday, November 4, 2016

Federation of State Beef Councils Earmarks $940,000 for New International, National Beef Demand-Building Efforts   Executive Committee Acts Quickly to Address Cattle Market Challenges on Beef Side   CENTENNIAL, COLO. (November 2, 2016) – Facing low cattle prices and increasing supplies of beef, and with strong encouragement from its state beef council partners, the Federation of State Beef Councils at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will (full story)


Cattlemen's Webinar Series - Succession Planning - For Next-Gens Only! - Friday, November 4, 2016

    *PLEASE NOTE ABOVE REVISION TO DATE*   Are you working for the family farm/ranch and don't know what to expect for the future? You are not alone! This webinar will teach you the most important elements of succession planning. You will learn about, "The Family Farm System" and the questions that you should be asking as you progress as a leader. Do you want to get on the path to ownership or are you content with being a farm-hand? If ownership and responsibility are what you are after, you'll want to join us for this webinar.   Dave Specht is the author of The Farm Whisperer. He is the Family Dynamics National Development Manager at Wells Fargo. His work was recently featured in The New York Times, Successful Farming Magazine, Drovers Cattle Network and Family Business Magazine. Dave was recognized as one of the 100 Fresh Perspectives Honorees by Farm Credit. He was the Coordinator of Family Business Programs at The University of Nebraska. Specht has gained international attention for his creation of the GenerationalBusiness360© process and a new mobile app called Inspired Questions-For Farmers. He lives in Basin City, WA with his wife and 5 children.             (full story)


Reminder: Free BQA Certification Period Ends in Two Weeks! - Friday, November 4, 2016

Note: For questions about the online certification process, including technical issues, please contact Kelly Oliver at Kansas State University. The countdown continues for beef and dairy producers to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified for free online through Nov. 13. As an added bonus, anyone who becomes certified during this period is eligible to win a prize package, courtesy of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and the BQA program, funde (full story)


NRCS State Technical Committee to Meet November 10 in Ft. Pierre - Friday, November 4, 2016

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE, Huron, SD, October 26, 2016–The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will hold the State Technical Committee (STC) Meeting on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at the Drifters Event Center located at 325 Hustan Ave, Fort Pierre, SD.  The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. The STC serves as an advisor to the NRCS State Conservationist.   The tentative agenda for the meeting includes SD Healthy Soils (full story)


Preparing for Changing Antibiotic Regulations - Friday, November 4, 2016

Recording Now Available     (full story)


Habitat Pays: Knowing Your Options - Friday, November 4, 2016

Habitat Pays: Knowing Your Options Joint Column By: Secretary of Agriculture Mike Jaspers and Secretary of Game, Fish and Parks Kelly Hepler Our natural resources, the soil we grow our food in, the water we drink and the air we breathe are some of our most valuable resources. As South Dakota’s producers finish harvest and begin planning for next year, we encourage producers (full story)


USDA Moves Forward with Flawed GIPSA Rules - Friday, November 4, 2016

WASHINGTON (Oct. 14, 2016) – In a letter to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association , USDA acknowledged that the agency would continue the rulemaking process on the 2010 Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act proposed rules. The proposed rulemaking was initially undertaken in 2010 and quickly defunded by Congress which recognized them as a flawed concept that limits producers’ marketing options while adding (full story)


Sage Grouse Management Plans Based on Inaccurate Science - Friday, November 4, 2016

WASHINGTON (Oct. 11, 2016) – One year after the announcement by the Department of Interior that a listing under the Endangered Species Act was not warranted for the greater sage grouse and the implementation of restrictive resource management plans for the species, the Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association submitted a report to the agencies citing concerns with the methodology used. (full story)


Registration is open for SDCA Convention & Trade Show - Friday, November 4, 2016

Register today for the 68 th Annual SDCA Convention and Trade Show scheduled for November 29-December 1 at the Watertown Event Center & Ramkota.   Educational and entertaining speakers will cover topics ranging from forage management to an economic outlook and the power of gratitude. Jodie Anderson, Executive Director for the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, noted, “A small investment of time to attend our 68 th Annual Convention and Trade Show (full story)


Registration Open for 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show - Friday, October 7, 2016

DENVER (Oct. 4, 2016) – Registration and housing for the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show is now open. The 120th annual convention will be held in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 1-3, 2017. Advanced registration is open until Jan. 4, 2017. Convention participants will hear from industry leaders, gather insight on industry trends, and enjoy an evening of stars and guitars at the Country Music Hall of Fame as well as an exclusive event (full story)


NCBA and PLC Accepting Applications for Spring Internships -Open Positions Include Public Policy Intern and Semester Law Clerk - Friday, October 7, 2016

WASHINGTON (Sept. 30, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for a 2017 Spring public policy intern as well as a semester law clerk. The deadline to submit an application for either position is Oct. 22, 2016. The internships give college students the opportunity to work alongside staff on a range of issues that impact U.S. cattlemen and women. (full story)


SD SRM Excellence in Range Management Tour - Selby, SD - Friday, October 7, 2016

SRM ERM Award Tour Doug Sieck Oct 11 2016.pdf (full story)


BEEF COUNCIL DIRECTORS APPROVE BUDGET AND ELECT OFFICERS FOR FY 2017 - Friday, October 7, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   PIERRE, SD - The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) board of directors held the organization's annual meeting Sat., Sept. 17 on the South Dakota State University (SDSU) campus. Directors approved a $3.39 million budget for fiscal year 2017. The SDBIC is responsible to collect and administer (full story)


SDCA IS HIRING A CONVENTION MARKETING INTERN - Friday, October 7, 2016

Convention Marketing Intern 9-16.pdf (full story)


NCF Accepting Applications for CME Beef Industry Scholarship - Thursday, September 29, 2016

DENVER (Sept. 27, 2016) - The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications for 2017-2018 beef industry scholarships sponsored by CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry. “The CME Beef Industry Scholarship represents an investment in the future of the cattle business. By helping the next generation of cattlemen and women further their education, CME Group is helping to adva (full story)


Doug Sieck honored for Excellence in Range Management - Thursday, September 29, 2016

SRM ERM Award Tour Doug Sieck Oct 11 2016.pdf (full story)


BEEF COUNCIL DIRECTORS APPROVE BUDGET AND ELECT OFFICERS FOR FY 2017 - Thursday, September 29, 2016

PIERRE, SD - The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) board of directors held the organization's annual meeting Sat., Sept. 17 on the South Dakota State University (SDSU) campus. Directors approved a $3.39 million budget for fiscal year 2017. The SDBIC is responsible to collect and administer the $1 beef checkoff on all cattle sold in South Dakota. The beef council is required to direct $0.50 of every dollar (full story)


Cattleman of The Year & Friend of SDCA Nominations Are Due September 30th! - Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cattleman of The Year and Friend of SDCA Nomination Forms (full story)


China Announces it Will Lift Ban on U.S. Beef - Thursday, September 22, 2016

WASHINGTON (Sept. 22, 2016) – Following a 13-year ban on U.S. beef exports to China, an announcement from the Chinese Government indicates they will begin accepting U.S. beef from animals under 30 months of age. “This is great news for U.S. beef producers,” said Kent Bacus, director of international trade for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association . “While these initial reports are positive, we must continue technical negotiations and undergo the pro (full story)


Congress Steps in to Address Continued Abuse of Antiquities Act - Thursday, September 22, 2016

WASHINGTON (Sept. 22, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for taking substantive action on the continued abuse of the Antiquities Act of 1906. These common sense bills from Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Flake (R-Ariz.) are critical to addressing the deficiencies in the existing law. “The Antiquities Act of 1906 is simply too broad (full story)


Beef Checkoff Approves FY17 Plan of Work - Thursday, September 22, 2016

Contact: Diane Henderson, 303-867-6302; dhenderson@beefboard.org Operating Committee forced to make more than $5 million in cuts from proposals After being forced to make cuts of more than $5 million from proposed programs, the Cattlemen’s Beef Board will invest about $40.7 million into development and implementation of programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications in fiscal 2017, sub (full story)


Valuable Pocket Recordkeeping Tool for Cattle Producers Available - Thursday, September 22, 2016

      NCBA’s 2017 Redbook Helps Ranchers Secure Efficient Recordkeeping       DENVER (Sept. 19, 2016) – A pocket-sized recordkeeping tool that has been used by cattle producers for more than 30 years to enhance profitability will be available for the 2017 year starting Oct. 3, 2016 .  The Integrated Resource Management (IRM) Redbook from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association helps (full story)


Allen and Becky Walth named 2016 SDSU Friends of the Beef Industry - Thursday, September 22, 2016

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 (full story)


NRCS ANNOUNCES EQIP PROGRAM SIGNUP DEADLINE OCTOBER 21, 2016 - Thursday, September 22, 2016

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS), Huron, S.D., September 20, 2016– Applications for the popular Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are batched annually for funding consideration.  October 21, 2016, is the date by which an operator or landowner must sign an application at their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 funding consideration, according to Jennifer Wurtz, EQIP Program coordinator, with the NRC (full story)


2017 NCBA Convention Intern Program - Apply today! - Thursday, September 22, 2016

A One-of-a-Kind Opportunity NCBA has an opportunity for students to assist with the 2017 NCBA Convention and Trade Show in Nashville. This Cattle Industry event boasts over 7,000 attendees and a trade show with more than 350 booths.   Our intern positions provide a unique opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience (full story)


Senate Report Highlights EPA Enforcement of WOTUS Rule - Thursday, September 22, 2016

WASHINGTON (Sept. 20, 2016) – Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released their report highlighting examples of EPA illegally asserting jurisdiction over features traditionally exempt from the Clean Water Act. Despite the fact that the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals continues their nationwide stay on enforcement of EPA’s “waters of the United States” final rule, the report demonstrates that EPA is in fact, enforcing the WOTUS rule and expandi (full story)


NCBA Takes Stand Against HSUS Attempt to Weaken Beef Checkoff - Thursday, September 22, 2016

WASHINGTON (Sept. 16, 2016) - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was recently notified that Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) attorneys have filed a lawsuit against USDA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) on behalf of the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM). This lawsuit seeks to divide the beef industry against itself by opening old wounds and weakening the beef checkoff as HSUS drives toward its ultimate goal of ending animal agriculture. The lawsuit (full story)


SDCA is Hunting for Members! - Thursday, September 22, 2016

Membership push 9.16.pdf (full story)


Join NCBA today and receive member benefits from John Deere, Cabela's and so much more! - Thursday, September 22, 2016

Member Benefits National Cattlemen   There are many great reasons to become a member of NCBA and one of them is the chance to read the National Cattlemen. It’s the official publication of NCBA and provides timely news and information about the issues and events affecting the beef industry. A subscription is included free when you become a member of NCBA.  Learn More Ram Truck NCBA is now enrolled into the Chrysler Affiliate Rewards program. NCBA memb (full story)


Chairman Conaway delivers One-Minute on negative impacts of EPA’s WOTUS rule - Thursday, September 15, 2016

Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) delivered remarks on the House floor to draw attention to the negative impacts of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ overburdensome regulations are having on farmers, ranchers, and rural America. Watch the video and view the official remarks below. Remarks as prepared for delivery (full story)


Daugaard administration proposes plan to boost buffer strips - Thursday, September 15, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard's administration is proposing a plan that would encourage people to install buffer strips of vegetation between agricultural land and hundreds of lakes and thousands of miles of streams, an adviser to the governor said Wednesday. The draft bill is meant to improve water quality in South Dakota, said Hunter Roberts, a policy adviser to the governor. It would offer property tax breaks for land turned into buffer strips to help trap fertilizer, pes (full story)


Bureau of Reclamation Launches Prize Competition Seeking Ideas to Protect Canals, Levees and Earthen Dam Embankments from Burrowing Rodents - Thursday, September 15, 2016

Rodent burrows can weaken embankments and cause serious or fatal issues and economic loss to populations that live nearby Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615 For Release: August 29, 2016 WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is launching a new prize competition seeking methods to prevent rodents from burrowing into canals, levees and earthen dam embankments. Winners of this prize competition will share $20,000. Rodents can burrow through both sides of an embankment providing (full story)


Join your fellow cattlemen in Nashville, TN at the largest show for anyone in the beef business - Thursday, September 15, 2016

    Join your fellow cattlemen in Nashville, TN at the largest show for anyone in the beef business!       REGISTRATION AND HOUSING OPEN MONDAY, OCTOBER 3RD     Do you have what it takes to promote and market the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee?   Are you willing to use your social media reach and regional events in your community to get the word out?    Would you like to earn a complimentary registration, lodging and a airfare to attend the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville for your efforts? We are looking for one Ambassador from each region to consistently promote and encourage industry members to attend the 2017 Convention. Interested candidates should answer the following questions and submit a written application via this website by September 22, 2016 The application should be no longer than 1,000 words in total and should reflect a level of professionalism, grammar and critical thinking associated with a national spokesperson.           To access previous week's emails.           (full story)


Request to Modernize the U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef - Thursday, September 1, 2016

    Take Action Now     (full story)


NRCS ANNOUNCES EQIP PROGRAM SIGNUP DEADLINE OCTOBER 21, 2016 - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ag Producers Encouraged to Have Conservation Plan in Place Prior to Batching Date   NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS), Huron, S.D., August 24, 2016– Applications for the popular Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are batched annually for funding consideration.  October 21, 2016, is the date by which an operator or landowner must sign an application at their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 (full story)


Noble Foundation releases ag calculators, utilities app - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

ARDMORE, Okla. — With continuous technology advancements, production agriculture is more efficient and mobile than ever before. As part of The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation’s focus on advancing agriculture, the organization has released a new app called “Ag Tools.” The app will provide agricultural producers and land managers with calculators and utilities to help crunch numbers and gain information when making management decisions. Calculation topics include (full story)


Environmental Groups Hamper Endangered Species Conservation - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

WASHINGTON (August 23, 2016) – Today, the Center for Biological Diversity along with other radical environmental groups threatened to sue the Department of Interior and Fish and Wildlife Service to force action on 417 proposed listings under the Endangered Species Act, all stemming from a massive lawsuit settlement brokered behind closed doors and without stakeholders at the table. (full story)


S.D. Farmers Union Celebrates our State's Family Farmers & Ranchers, Rural Youth & Community Heroes During the 2016 S.D. State Fair - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

CORRECTION: In the original release sent this morning, we realized we didn't include a date. South Dakota Farmers Union Day at the State Fair is Sept. 3. The article below reflects this correction.     S.D. Farmers Union Celebrates our State's Family (full story)


Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, September 7th at 10:30am CST, Dr, Gretchen Hill, Antibiotics: Livestock Use & Human Health Concerns - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The next Animal Care Wednesday Webinar will be on Wednesday, September 7 th , 10:30 am CST/9:30 am MT. Dr. Gretchen Hill, Professor of Nutrition at Michigan State University, will be discussing antibiotic use in livestock production and how it relates to human health concerns. This may give you some food-for-thought about how to respond to people that think farmers are overusing antibiotics and “poisoning them and their children”.   The webinar will also (full story)


USDA Reminds Producers of Aug. 1 Deadline to Enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2016 crop year.  Producers have already elected ARC or PLC, but must enroll for the 2016 crop year by signing a contract before the Aug. 1 deadline to receive program benefits.   The programs trigger financial protections for participating agricultural producers when market forces cause substanti (full story)


GFP Commission Seeking Input on Land Purchasing Guidelines - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission is seeking input on proposed land acquisition priorities and guidelines through Aug. 3, 2016. “The purpose of this document is to help guide our agency and the GFP Commission in conducting land acquisitions over the next decade,” stated Kelly Hepler, GFP Secretary. “While the current priorities and guidelines are based on a traditional approach, we are seeking input from hunters, anglers, and (full story)


Six Ranches Honored for Stewardship Efforts - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

DENVER (July 14, 2016) – The tradition of cattlemen and women serving as stewards of America’s natural resources was honored today with the announcement of the six regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) winners. The recipients who were honored during the 2016 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting, span the country and were nominated for their outstanding efforts to protect land, air and water resources on their individual farming and ranching operations. The regi (full story)


Cattle Industry Meeting Wraps Up with Policy Priorities - Monday, July 18, 2016

DENVER (July 16, 2016) – Over 700 cattlemen and women attended the Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting in Denver, Colo., this week to discuss the policy priorities for the cattle industry. “It was a great week in Denver for the cattle industry,” said Tracy Brunner, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president. “This week showcased how the industry comes together to tackle critical issues like market volatility, expanding international (full story)


Aug 9 Conservation Webinar - Rangeland Soil Health - Monday, July 18, 2016

http://conservationwebinars.net/     (full story)


National Cattlemen’s Foundation Accepting Applications for W.D. Farr Scholarships - Monday, July 18, 2016

DENVER (July 14, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications for the W.D. Farr Scholarships for the 2016-17 school year. The scholarship was established by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation to honor the successful career of the late W. D. Farr.  Two annual $12,000 grants will be awarded to outstanding graduate students that demonstrate superior achievement in academics and leadership and will allow the students to further their study (full story)


Drought Recovery Assistance - Monday, July 18, 2016

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers disaster assistance programs to assist agricultural producers in their recovery efforts following drought or similar qualifying natural disasters. Available programs include: Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) - provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters (includes native grass for grazing). Eligib (full story)


2016 Beef Quality Assurance Certification Training - Friday, July 8, 2016

BROOKINGS, S.D. - SDSU Extension will host Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Short Course and Certification training in Aberdeen Monday July 18, 2016 from 1 to 7 p.m. and in De Smet Tuesday July 19, 2016 from 1 to 7 p.m.   "Beef Quality Assurance certification is important to South Dakota beef producers and consumers. Maintaining current BQA certifications for all employees creates consistency in cattle care, ensures cattle well-being and beef safety, and builds an environment of continuous (full story)


South Dakota Agricultural & Rural Leadership Class IX Announced - Thursday, June 30, 2016

Contact: Lori Cope, Executive Director, South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership 605-216-6178 RE: South Dakota Agricultural & Rural Leadership Class IX Announced BROOKINGS, S.D. – Lori Cope, Executive Director of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership announces new class to participate in the next SDARL program beginning November 2016. Selected into Class IX SDARL: Brian Bannwarth, Mitchell; Shelby Bartling, Gregory; Ryan Beer, Lemmon; Peggy Bieber, Leola; Scott (full story)


Interior Appropriations Bill Advances through Committee - Thursday, June 30, 2016

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   Contacts (full story)


Prairie Dog Control Programs Available - Thursday, June 30, 2016

Prairie Dog Control Programs Available   PIERRE, S.D.—Officials of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) are reminding South Dakota ranchers and producers to contact GFP or the SDDA if they have unwanted prairie dogs. The state’s prairie dog control program is cooperatively funded by the GFP and SDDA. GFP manages issues on private lands which have encroached from adjacent public lands, while the SDDA mana (full story)


Governor Names Mike Jaspers Secretary Of Agriculture - Thursday, June 30, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he has appointed Mike Jaspers of rural Minnehaha County to serve as South Dakota’s Secretary of Agriculture. Jaspers will begin July 5, 2016.   “I am very excited to have Mike serve as ag secretary,” Gov. Daugaard said. “His background in agriculture production, policy and administration makes him a great fit to lead the department.”   “I am honored that Gov. (full story)


SOUTH DAKOTA BEEF INDUSTRY COUNCIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO MEET JUNE 20 - Friday, June 3, 2016

PIERRE, SD - The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) board of directors and staff invite the public to attend the quarterly meeting Mon., June 20, 2016 at Drifters Conference Center, 325 Hustan Ave., Ft. Pierre, SD. The SDBIC will hold committee meetings as well the organization's full board meeting. The promotion committee, nominating committee and the executive committee will begin at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by the full SDBIC board of directors meeti (full story)


Federation of State Beef Councils - Friday, June 3, 2016

An Active Role in Joining the Forces Sometimes being the chairman of an organization is little more than an honorary position. You lead some meetings, you get new passages for your biography. I’m thankful being chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils is much more than that. The role of the Federation Chairman mirrors that of the Federation itself. We’re an organization that represents organizations – the country’s 43 Qualified State Beef (full story)


June 7 Excellence in Rangeland Management Tour - Red Owl, SD - Friday, June 3, 2016

June 7 Excellence in Rangeland Management Tour - Red Owl       (full story)


2016 Leopold Conservation Award Tour - Cronin Farms - Friday, June 3, 2016

2016 Leopold Conservation Award Tour - Cronin Farms (full story)


SOUTH DAKOTA CATTLEMEN’S FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF NEW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2016 South Dakota Cattlemen Foundation Scholarship.pdf   (full story)


Consumers Encouraged to "Let's Get Grilling" to win BBQ Battle Tickets - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Contact: Melissa Jackson, 308-697-3486; melissa.l.jackson@outlook.com Winners Receive Tickets to 2016 Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle in Washington, D.C. The national beef checkoff, through its Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (NEBPI) and in partnership with the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC), is encouraging consumers to test their Beef I.Q. through the online “Let’s Get Grilling” contest for the chance to win a grilli (full story)


International Trade Commission Report Shows Economic Benefit of TPP - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

WASHINGTON (May 18, 2016) – Today, the U.S. International Trade Commission released its report on the economic benefit of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to the U.S. economy. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner said this report confirms that TPP not only levels the playing field for U.S. beef exports, but also supports U.S. economic growth. (full story)


NCBA, PLC Accepting Fall Law Clerk Applications - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

WASHINGTON (May 16, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for a law clerk for the 2016 fall semester. The deadline to submit an application for the position is May 27, 2016.   NCBA Vice President of Government Affa (full story)


BQA Certifies Another 2,000 Producers During Free Certification Campaign! - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

This spring, nearly 2,000 producers from across the country became Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified, thanks to the latest "free-certification" supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI). And, of those who signed up during the free certification window, 65 percent completed their certification, the highest percentage in the program’s six-year history. Through the sponsorship of the BQA certification program, BIVI provides financial support for the Beef Cattl (full story)


Planning Ahead for Summer Feedlot Maintenance - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Quality of the feeding environment can greatly impact the performance and cost-of-gain in a cattle backgrounding or finishing operation.   "Cattle might possess the greatest genetics for growth and carcass merit and be fed the most finely tuned ration nutritionists can formulate, but if the feeding environment is too stressful, those animals will simply not perform as well as expected," said Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. "For example (full story)


Nominations Open for 2016 Eminent Farmer/Rancher and Homemaker Awards - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

BROOKINGS, S.D. - The Eminent Farmer/Rancher and Homemaker Committee is seeking nominations for South Dakota State University's Eminent Farmer/Rancher and Homemaker Award Program.   2016 marks the 89th anniversary of the program which was founded in 1927. The intent of this program is to recognize citizens for a lifetime of leadership and service.   The nominees should have made significant contributions to their community, state and SDSU; and should be kno (full story)


SOUTH DAKOTA CATTLE ON FEED UP 13 PERCENT - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sioux Falls, SD – South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 265,000 cattle on feed on April 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory is up 13 percent from last year. Placements during March totaled 34,000 head, up 3 percent from 2015. Fed cattle marketings for the month of March totaled 38,000 head, up 19 percent from last year. Other disappearance during March totaled 1,000 head, unchanged from last yea (full story)


Beef Fuels Team Beef at the 2016 Boston Marathon - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Contact: Melissa Jackson, 308-697-3486; melissa.l.jackson@outlook.com The national beef checkoff, through its Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (NEBPI), ensured that beef was proudly represented during the historic running of the 120th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18. (Photo at right -- Nancy Nichols of Austin, Texas, during the 2016 Boston Marathon) Twenty-one members of Team Beef started in Hopkinton, Mass., and ran along the rolling streets (full story)


Checkoff Calling for Nominations for Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Awards - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Contact: Melissa Jackson, 308-697-3486; melissa.l.jackson@outlook.com Award applications for the 11th annual checkoff-funded National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award now are being accepted. The 2017 National BQA Awards recognize five winners in the areas of beef, dairy, marketing and education: The BQA Cow Calf, BQA Feedyard and BQA Dairy awards recognize producers that best demonstrate the implementation of BQA principles as part of the day-to-day (full story)


CME Worthing Review Comments - Friday, April 15, 2016

CME Worthing Review Comments 3-16.pdf (full story)


U.S. Trade Representative Froman Keynotes Spring Legislative Conference -- Cattle Producers Urge TPP Passage Now. - Thursday, April 14, 2016

WASHINGTON (April 13, 2016) - As part of the the National Cattlemen 's Beef Association’s annual Legislative Conference this morning, Ambassador Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative, stressed the cost of inaction on the Trans Pacific Partnership. “For the past seven years, the Obama Administration has worked together with NCBA to expand export markets for American beef and cattle,” said Froman. “In that time, United States beef exports have more than (full story)


Why Don't I See More Beef Checkoff Ads? - Thursday, April 14, 2016

Contact: Melissa Jackson, 308-697-3486; melissa.l.jackson@outlook.com Checkoff-funded consumer market research shows us that the key generation for beef marketing – millennials – practically live on their computer devices. They tell us that they get virtually all of their information online, then use that information to draw conclusions and make important decisions about agriculture and the food they eat. They use social-media sites like Facebook, Twitter (full story)


Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be Held June 1 & 2 in Brookings - Thursday, April 14, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. – The seventh annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will be held on June 1 and 2 at the Swiftel Center in Brookings. Pre-registration is required and will be accepted through Tuesday, May 31, at   www.sdagsummit.com .   “The Governor’s Agricultural Summit provides an opportunity for stakeholders from all aspects of agriculture to come together to talk about the state’s largest (full story)


KNOW YOUR NCBA MEMBER BENEFITS Discounts on RAM Trucks & Other Chrysler Group Vehicles - Thursday, April 14, 2016

  How it works:     NCBA members are eligible for discounts from our partners at RAM trucks! Here's how you can receive 1% below factory invoice on RAM Trucks and other Chrysler Group vehicles! Login to www.beefusa.org and click the RAM trucks link to obtain NCBA's company code. You may also call NCBA Membership at 866-233-3872 to receive this code. Go to www.chrysleraffiliates.com or call 888-444-4321, provide the company code, and receive a control number.Control number confirmation will be emailed to you along with buyer instructions. Take the control number and proof of NCBA membership to any Chrysler dealer. Go shopping! Each member is entitled to two discounts per year.         GET YOUR CONTROL NUMBER   (full story)


Avoid Pesticide Drift During Spraying Season - Thursday, April 14, 2016

PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) would like to remind pesticide applicators of drift risk during this spraying season.   Applicators should prevent risk of drift to non-target areas or susceptible crops and should evaluate factors such as wind speed, wind direction, temperature, spray pressure, nozzle height and surrounding properties before they begin spraying a field.   “Product labels give applicators information (full story)


Protein-Rich Diet Tied to Improved Physical Function During Weight Loss - Thursday, April 14, 2016

Contact: Melissa Jackson, 308-697-3486; melissa.l.jackson@outlook.com New research shows that high-quality protein helps increase physical function during weight loss in older obese adults New research published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences shows that eating more protein from foods like lean beef, as part of a reduced-calorie diet, can help obese older adults with limited ability to exercise to lose weight and increase physical function.[1] This new (full story)


"Innovations on the Land: Managing for Change" - Friday, April 1, 2016

    The Nation's Leading Voice For Private Land Conservation         Please join us for Sand County Foundation's national conservation symposium     "Innovations on the Land: Managing for Change"  9 & 10 August 2016  Asilomar Conference Grounds Pacific Grove, California innovationsontheland.com     PHOTO: Asilomar Conference Grounds   The nation's leading private landowner conservationists and leaders from government and non-government organizations will gather to exchange ideas and learn about the most innovative approaches to managing working lands in the face of sweeping change. We'll discuss changes in climate, ecosystem services markets, land ownership patterns, and consumer demand for sustainably-produced food.   A special reception at the Monterey Bay Aquarium will kick things off on the evening of Monday the 8th. The following two days will feature: A full day symposium including four robust panel discussions Spokesperson training with noted communication coach Teri Goudie A working session to develop recommendations on conservation policy  An afternoon field trip showcasing innovative conservation practices in Monterey County and the Salinas Valley Space is limited! Please visit our registration page  to register and reserve lodging at the all-inclusive Asilomar Conference Grounds. Registration closes on 31 May.   We recommend making flight arrangements as soon as possible to take advantage of the best prices and availability during this busy summer travel season.  For more on travel, visit the "Getting There" tab at  innovationsontheland.com .   Our coastal retreat-style venue is minutes from Carmel-by-the-Sea, Pebble Beach, Monterey and other great destinations, so you may wish to extend your stay in the area.    If you have questions, please contact us at info@sandcounty.net or 608-663-4605 Ext 31. Hope to see you in August!     Sincerely,    Chris Schellpfeffer Vice President - External Relations Sand County Foundation        (full story)


Only Two Weeks Remain for Free BQA Certification - Friday, April 1, 2016

Contact: Melissa Jackson, 308-697-3486; melissa.l.jackson@outlook.com Note: For questions about the online certification process, including technical issues, please contact Kelly Oliver at Kansas State University. With only two weeks remaining, the countdown continues for beef and dairy producers to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified for free online through April 15. And, as an added bonus, anyone who becomes certified during this period is eligible (full story)


Finalists Named for 2016 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award® - Friday, April 1, 2016

PIERRE, SD – (March 31, 2016) Sand County Foundation, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Grassland Coalition are proud to announce the finalists for the 2016 Leopold Conservation Award ® , which honors South Dakota landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources. The finalists are: Cammack Ranch of Union Center, a cow/calf ranch with 10,000 grazing acres owned by Gary and Amy Cammack. (full story)


2016 South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship - Friday, March 25, 2016

2016  South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Scholarship Description: SD Cattlemen's Foundation was formed to support the long-term viability of the SD Beef Industry by promoting the nutritional benefits of beef consumption and value of modern production. It is highlighted by it's benevolence for the food insecure and support for entrants into the industry. This scholarship aims to identify and reward students who are interested in the improvement of beef production (full story)


Good Day—Markets are Volatile Risk Management Doesn’t Have To Be - Friday, March 25, 2016

The risk producers take in this industry each day has increased significantly over time.  In addition, in today’s environment, risk beyond just market risk has become increasingly difficult to manage.  CattleFax invites you to attend the upcoming Risk Management Seminar scheduled for June 22-23, 2016.  This is a great opportunity for those who want to incorporate new ideas in building a risk management plan or in refining their current strategy.   (full story)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bovine Trichomoniasis - Friday, March 25, 2016

PIERRE, SD – A reproductive disease of cattle that can be economically devastating for ranchers has been diagnosed in another South Dakota cattle herd. Bovine trichomoniasis, or trich, has recently been diagnosed in a bull that was leased to a ranch with pastures in Gregory and Mellette counties.   The State Veterinarian’s Office is encouraging producers in the area to talk with their veterinarian about preventing trichomoniasis.   Trichomonas (full story)


Frazier Named to Lead NCBA - Friday, March 25, 2016

DENVER (March 22, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association  has named Kendal Frazier its new chief executive officer. NCBA president Tracy Brunner made the announcement, saying he is confident that the nation’s oldest and largest cattle industry association is in good hands. “It was the belief of the officers and others (full story)


Governor Names Dustin Oedekoven Interim Agriculture Secretary - Friday, March 25, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Dr. Dustin Oedekoven* will serve as interim Secretary of Agriculture while the search continues for a full-time replacement for Lucas Lentsch, who announced last month his intention to depart as Ag Secretary.   Oedekoven serves as South Dakota’s state veterinarian and head of the Animal Industry Board. His interim appointment will be effective immediately. March 23 is Lentsch’s last day with the Depart (full story)

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