The South Dakota Cattlemen's Association is known for its strong representation of the state's beef producers. This is largely due to the incredible leaders SDCA has had in its 72 years and their efforts to promote, preserve, and advance the state's industry.
All SDCA Leadership is nominated and selected by SDCA's members. SDCA is made up of 16 local affiliates and 2 councils, a representative from each affiliate and council is elected to serve on the Board of Directors. The state is also divided into 5 regions, with a Regional Vice President who, together with the officers, make up SDCA’s Executive Committee.
SDCA Officer Team
The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association officer team is made up of four individuals, the President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and Past President.
Warren Symens is a 4th generation farmer/rancher/cattle feeder in Amherst SD, where he lives with his wife, Stephanie, and 3 kids; Owen, Erika, and Emmett. Symens Brothers Limousin is a family operation that includes Warren, a cousin, Brad, and uncle, John, as well as Warren's dad, Paul and uncle Irwin, who are retired. The operation raises registered Limousin cattle, run a cattle finishing confinement lot, and grows crops for market and for feed. Warren graduated from Britton High School in 1996. Upon graduation Warren attended South Dakota State University, obtaining a degree in General Agriculture. Warren has served on the SDSU Ag & Bio advisory board, and has continued to stay involved with the board through volunteer work. He has also served on both the state and national Limousin board of directors. Warren was a Class VIII graduate of South Dakota Ag & Rural Leadership. Within his community, Warren has served on various church boards at the First Presbyterian Church of Britton, SD and sits on the Board of directors for the Full Circle Ag Co-Op. He also acts as the secretary for the South Dakota Cattle Feeders Council.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
SDCA Board Of Directors
Black Hills: Britton Blair- [email protected]
Clark Hamlin: Wayne Schlagel- [email protected]
Central: Bryan Eden- [email protected]
Dakota Southern: Keith Dvoracek - [email protected]
Davison-Hanson: Shirley Thompson- [email protected]
East Central: Peggy Vostad- [email protected]
Kingsbury County: Blake Hojer- [email protected]
McCook-Miner-Lake: Dave Miller- [email protected]
North Central: Josh Bieber- [email protected]
Northeast: Nancy Johnson- [email protected]
Northern Oahe: Jay Jones- [email protected]
Sioux Basin: Jared Questad- [email protected]
South Central: Kent Geppert - [email protected]
West Central: Bo Slovek- [email protected]
Cow-Calf Council Chair: Jared [email protected]
Feeder Council Chair: John Reisch- [email protected]
Young Cattlemen of South Dakota Council Chair: Emily Peterson- [email protected]
The SDCA Feeder Council focuses on the special interests of feeders, particularly environmental regulations.
The SDCA Cow-Calf Council focuses on issues directly impacting cow-calf operators.
The SDCA Young Cattlemen of South Dakota Council helps young producers connect through education and networking as well as leadership experience.
The Councils are made up of members with an interest in those segments of beef production. Council leaders serve on the SDCA Board of Directors and the Councils also host meetings and events pertaining to their area of specialty. Communications that are specific to these operations are also provided to council members when necessary.
Jodie Hickman Anderson grew up on a ranch in Haakon county and considers Pierre her hometown. After graduating from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Agricultural Business, Jodie lived and worked in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana before returning to the Pierre area. With more than 10 years of association management experience, Jodie is actively involved in legislative and regulatory issues and she works closely with local, state, and national industry leaders to provide opportunities for grassroots advocacy.
In her “spare” time, Jodie is an active participant in her family’s ranch in Haakon county and she is a principle in 3J Cattle Company. In 2010, Jodie was instrumental in helping bring the Leopold Conservation Award to South Dakota and served as the state’s Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) coordinator for 4 years. Her resume also includes experience at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American National CattleWomen and the Dakota Value Capture Cooperative.
Primary Responsibilities: Public Policy, Issues Management, Annual Convention
Email: [email protected]
Janna Hickman Reeves grew up on a ranch northwest of Hayes, SD and graduated from high school in Pierre. She attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion for two years before moving to Fort Collins and graduating with a B.S. in Agricultural Business from Colorado State University.
After college, Janna lived and worked on the family ranch in Blackwell, Texas before returning to her South Dakota home in 1997. She worked for a short time in and around Pierre before marrying Jim Reeves and moving to his family ranch south of Eagle Butte.
Jim and Janna ranched with his family until 2004 when they moved back to her home place in Haakon County with their two children. Jim and Janna are principles with Jodie Hickman Anderson in 3J Cattle Company in addition to helping manage the cattle operations of Hickman Livestock. Janna will be working as Office Manager full time while still helping out at the ranch when needed.
Primary Responsibilities: Membership Updates & Renewals, SDCA Trade Show, General Office Management
Email: [email protected]
Aimee grew up on a farm in southwest Michigan. She was active in 4-H growing up, showing livestock and Percheron horses. Aimee attended South Dakota State University, graduating with a degree in Agricultural Leadership and a minor in Animal Science. During her time in college, she was involved with Sigma Alpha, Block& Bridal and was a member of the South Dakota State University Wool Judging Team. She also worked for the State 4-H Office as a student intern thought her time at SDSU.
Upon graduation, Aimee moved to Ellendale, North Dakota where she worked as a County Extension Agent. She worked for NDSU for 3 years covering the areas of 4-H- Youth Development and Family & Community Wellness within Dickey County, ND. After meeting her husband, Paul, she moved to Ortonville, Minnesota Aimee currently works part-time as the Outreach Coordinator for the SDCA.
Primary Responsibilities: Magazine Advertising, Communications, Social Media
Email: [email protected]