2020 Virtual Convention 

 SDCA President Eric Jennings noted,  “Covid-19 has brought challenges to all of us and has caused many of us to incorporate new technologies and advancements in our operations sooner than we expected.  SDCA is adopting technology to re-think how we deliver on our members’ expectations and we anticipate this virtual experiment will be well-received as members can partake in the virtual events while also taking care of business at home.  We will miss the social gathering and fellowship of the in-person convention but look forward to the opportunities a virtual convention provides.  It’s likely the first step in what may well be a hybrid event in the future.”

SDCA Virtual Convention Webinar Series

 All webinars are at 7:00pm CST 

JANUARY: Cattlemen’s Education Series Sponsored by the National Corn Growers 

Monday, Jan. 11: Market Outlook Speaker: Troy Bockelmann CattleFax as an analyst Watch Recording 

Monday Jan. 18: Trade Update/Outlook Speaker: Greg Doud Chief Agricultural Negotiator

Monday, Jan. 25: Jeremy Not Afraid  Senior Risk Management Specialist USDA Risk Management Agency.  Watch Recording 

FEBRUARY: Focus on the Future Series Sponsored by CHS, Inc. & New Generation Supplements

Monday, Feb. 8: Transitioning the Farm/Ranch Speaker: Mary Jo Irmen Author of Farming Without the Bank Watch Recording

Monday,  Feb. 15: Livestock’s Role in Sustainability Speakers: Sara Place Chief Sustainability Officer at Elanco Watch Recording 

Monday, Feb. 22: Integrating Crop & Livestock Systems Speaker: Cody Zilverberg Dakota Lakes Research Farm & Bryan Jorgensen Jorgensen Land & Cattle Watch Recording 

SDCA 2020 Virtual Convention Speakers

Bryan Jorgensen 

Integrating Crops and Livestock Monday, February 22nd 

Bryan Jorgensen, along with his nephew Cody Jorgensen, brother Greg Jorgensen and son Nick Jorgensen are the 4 partner owners of Jorgensen Land & Cattle. Bryan is the Chief Agronomy Operations Officer and is charged with overseeing all agronomy operations on over 12000 acres of crop land. Bryan has over 35 years of no-till experience and is an enthusiastic soil health proponent. Bryan has been active in many state and local organizations including Dakota Lakes Research Farm BOD, SD Corn Utilization, SD Crop Improvement, SD No-Till, SD Soil Health Coalition, SD Soybean Association and Tripp County Water District BOD. Bryan and his wife Brenda have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

Cody Zilverberg

 Integrating Crops and Livestock Monday, February 22nd 

Cody Zilverberg has worked on livestock integration and prairie renovation at the SDSU Dakota Lakes Research Farm near Pierre, SD since 2017. Cody grew up on the Bar JZ Ranch in northern Hyde county. He obtained his doctorate in agronomy at Texas Tech University. He has previously conducted grazing research at a South Dakota State University and Texas A&M University.

Dusty Johnson 


Thursday, December 3rd

 Dusty Johnson brings an energetic and optimistic style to Washington as South Dakota’s lone voice in the U.S. House of Representatives. A recognized leader in issues related to rural America, agriculture, and welfare reform, he serves on the Agriculture Committee and as ranking member of the subcommittee overseeing the SNAP Food Stamp program and the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. Dusty also focuses on welfare reform and workforce development as a key member of the Committee on Education and Labor. Prior to being elected to Congress, he served as chief of staff to the Governor and as vice president of an engineering firm specializing in rural telecommunications. Dusty lives in Mitchell with his wife and three sons.

Greg Doud

Trade Update/ Outlook

Monday, January 25th

Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud serves as the Chief Agricultural Negotiator, with the Rank of Ambassador, in the Office of the United States Trade Representative. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 1, 2018. Prior to Ambassador Doud’s nomination, he was the President of the Commodity Markets Council, where he had served since 2013. Previously, Ambassador Doud was a Senior Professional Staff member of the Senate Agriculture Committee for Senator Pat Roberts and Senator Thad Cochran. He was part of the team that crafted the 2012 Senate Farm Bill, and his portfolio of issues included international trade, food aid, livestock and oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Before joining the Senate Agriculture Committee staff, Ambassador Doud spent eight years as the Chief Economist for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association in Washington, DC. During the past 25 years in Washington DC, he also worked for the U.S. Wheat Associates and the agricultural commodity consulting firm World Perspectives. Ambassador Doud was raised on a dry-land wheat, grain sorghum, soybean, swine and cow-calf operation near Mankato in North-Central Kansas. He also owns part of the more than 100-year-old family farming operation that his family continues to operate, and he is a partner in a commercial cow-calf operation. Ambassador Doud was a 4-H member and a Kansas State FFA officer. He received aB.S. in agriculture (animal science) in 1989 and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics in 1991 from Kansas State University, and he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. In 2012, he was named the Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Kansas State University Agriculture Alumni Association, and in 2017, he received the Outstanding Alumnus award from the Department of Agricultural Economics. Ambassador Doud and his family live on their horse farm in Lothian, Maryland.

John Lockie

Livestock Risk Management

Monday, January 25th 

Jeremy Not Afraid is a Senior Risk Management Specialist with the USDA Risk Management Agency in the Billings Regional Office, which serves South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. Mr. Not Afraid holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. He is an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe and also operates a ranch on the Crow Reservation in southern Montana. Before joining RMA, Mr. Not Afraid worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and has over 27 years of experience with USDA.

Troy Bockelmann

Market Outlook 

Monday, January 11th

Troy joined CattleFax as an analyst in January 2016. His primary responsibilities include research and analysis in feed grain markets as well as the domestic and global protein markets. Other responsibilities are covering fed cattle trade in the Northern Corn Belt region. Troy grew up in a small southwest Minnesota farming community - receiving a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management with a farm management concentration from Southwest Minnesota State University. In the fall of 2014, he attended Colorado State University to complete a master’s degree in agricultural and resource economics. Troy’s research focused on agricultural finance, agricultural marketing, and production economics. He was also a teaching assistant for farm and ranch analysis and commodity marketing

Mary Jo Irmen

Transitioning the Farm or Ranch 

Monday, February 8th

 Mary Jo Irmen is the author of the book Farming Without the Bank and a Farm Finance Strategist who has set out to change how the farming industry is financed. She helps farmers see there are financial solutions for them and the next generations. Mary Jo's mission is to take a 100  year old financial process and turn it around by making the bank plan B rather than plan A, give farmers back control, and allowing the next generation to take over without having to buy the farm from the bank again  


Sara Place

Livestock's Role in Sustainability

Monday, February 15th  

Sara is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Elanco. Prior to Elanco, she was the senior director for sustainable beef production research at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and an assistant professor in sustainable beef cattle systems at Oklahoma State University. She received her PhD in Animal Biology from the University of California, Davis, a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University, and an AAS in Agriculture Business from Morrisville State College