Open Board Postions 

SD Beef Industry Council Board of Directors:  

SDCA hold 3 seats on the SD Beef Industry Council (BIC) Board of Directors.  Each of these directors serve 3-year terms, with one director’s term expiring every year.  During the SDCA Board of Directors meeting in September, we will need to select a member to serve on the SD Beef Industry Council Board representing SDCA.  SDCA member and past president, Todd Mortenson from Hayes, currently holds the seat and has expressed interest in serving for another term.  If you’re an SDCA member interested in serving on the BIC Board, please complete the BIC candidate interest form.

Intrest Form 

 SD Agricultural Land Trust Board of Directors:  

SDCA is also seeking a nominee to serve as one of our 3 representatives on the SD Ag Land Trust (SDALT) Board of Directors. In 2019, SDCA partnered with the SD Farm Bureau, SD Grassland Coalition and SD Association of Conservation Districts to create the SDALT and each of these founding organizations have 3 representatives serving on the SDALT Board of Directors.  The SDCA Board of Directors will nominate an interested party who will then need to receive final approval from the SDALT Board.  This Board meets monthly via teleconference and/or videoconference with in-person meetings approximately quarterly.  You can learn more about SDALT here.  The nominee will complete the final 2-years of a vacated 3-year term.  If you’re an SDCA member interested in serving on the SDALT Board, please complete the SDALT candidate interest form. 

Intrest Form


SDCA Awards

Cattleman of The Year Nomination Application- Due September 20th, 2021

Freind of SDCA Nomination Application- Due September 20th, 2021

Leopold Award

The Leopold Conservation Awards recognize landowners actively committed to a land ethic. Working with prominent state conservation partners, Sand County Foundation presents the award, which consists of $10,000 and a Leopold crystal, in settings that showcase the landowners’ achievements among their peers.

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Environmental Stewardship

The Environmental Stewardship Award has annually recognized the outstanding stewardship practices and conservation achievements of U.S. cattle producers from across the nation. Regional and national award winners have been commended for their commitment to protecting the environment and improving fish and wildlife habitats while operating profitable cattle operations. The common trait among all winners is the desire to leave the land in better shape for future generations while also inspiring the next generation of land stewards.

While the program highlights stewardship, it also provides fellow cattle producers with examples and ideas which may be useful on their own farm and ranching operations.

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South Dakota Award Winners 

Leopold Conservation Award

Levi and Crystal Neuharth
Prairie Paradise Farms
 Fort Pierre, South Dakota 

Environmental Stewardship Award



2020 Region VII Winner 

 Johnson Farms  

Frankfort, SD