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130th SDSGA Convention: From property taxes to volatile markets to updates from Washington

SPEARFISH, SD – The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association (SDSGA) has announced its agenda for the 130th Annual Convention & Trade Show set for Sept. 9 – 10 at the Spearfish Holiday Inn and Convention Center.

SDSGA Executive Director James Halverson

“We are very excited to move the convention to Spearfish this year.” Said SDSGA Executive Director James Halverson.  “We hope this move will afford more people an easier opportunity to attend the event.  Plus, the staff and facilities have already proven to be top-notch in Spearfish.

Who wouldn’t want to spend a few days in the Northern Black Hills in early Fall.  It’s just a beautiful place to visit!”

The SDSGA has  gathered an impressive and diverse set of presenters for the 130th Annual Convention.  Thursday’s speakers include: Glenn Elzinga of the Alderspring Ranch in Idaho, Bill Bullard of R-CALF USA, Meteorologist Brandt Beckman, Kevin Herrick from POET Nutrition and an update from the Washington D.C. delegation.

“I’m very excited to have Glenn Elzinga joining us,” said Halverson. “He’s a guy I truly look up to, and his family has a great story to tell.  Thursday attendees are going to get to hear about ag and weather, legislation, cow nutrition and supplements as well as be able to share their concerns directly with the policy makers from D.C. which is always a fruitful session.”

Trish Ladner Dist. 30 Representative                      
Kirk Chaffee Dist. 29 Representative

Headlining Friday’s presenters is Trent Loos talking about the 30×30 land grab.  Also speaking on Friday are Larry Reinhold, Dr. Kent Wright wit Monument Health, Baxter Anders and Kevin Larsen on markets, Tanse Herrmann with NRCS, and a panel on SD property       taxes including Trish Ladner, District 30 Representative and Kirk Chaffee, District 29 Representative.

“SDSGA President Scott Edoff wanted to assemble a panel to discuss property taxes.” Said Halverson.  “We have a couple legislators and a county assessor who are all very knowledgeable and passionate about this issue.  This is where grassroots legislation gets rolling and I hope folks will join us for that session.

The annual member meeting will also take place Friday afternoon where the SDSGA membership will decide policy and elect new leadership.

Capping off the event Friday evening will be the annual awards and recognition banquet honoring the Lifetime Achievement of recently retired brand inspector Jim Holloway.

“Our annual banquet is always such a great evening.” Said Halverson. “I can’t wait to hear from Jim as well as have folks roast outgoing President Scott Edoff.  We will recognize this year’s photo contest winners as well.”  An auction and entertainment will follow.

Register by calling or emailing the office,  [email protected]   (605) 342-0429.  Registration is also available at the door.

Full agenda includes:
Wednesday Sept 8, 2021
4:00-9:00 pm Trade show booth setup
6:00pm Nominating Committee Meeting and Interviews
9pm – Midnight Hospitality Room open

 Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021
7:30 -9:00am Trade booth set up
8:30 am – Registration and Trade Show Open
9:30am – Breakfast Break
10:00 am – Opening Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance
10:10 am – Opening Remarks with President Scott Edoff
10:15 am – Bill Bullard, CEO – R-CALF USA
11:15 am – Meteorologist Brandt Beckman- Ag and Weather
12:00 pm – Lunch – Glenn Elzinga, Alderspring Ranch – Regenerative Grazing
1:30 pm – Dr. Kevin Herrick, Technical Services Director of Nutrition for POET Nutrition
2:30 – Trade Show Break/Snack Bar
3:00 pm – D.C. Panel Update: Rob Skjonsberg, U.S. Senator Mike Rounds, Joe Bliss, U.S. Senator Mike Rounds, John Weber, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson, Ryan Donnelly, U.S. Senator John Thune
5:00pm Trade Show Close
5:30 pm – Night at the Museum (High Plains Western Heritage Center)
9:00-Midnight – Hospitality Room Open (Holiday Inn)

 Friday, September 10, 2021
7:00am – 12:00pm – Lab-Blood Draw – Monument Health (Swarm room)
7:00am – Committee Meetings
8:00am – Trade Show Open
8:00 am – Inspirational Breakfast with Larry Reinhold, Rainbow Bible Ranch
9:00 am – SD Property Tax Panel Discussion: Susie Hayes – Fall River County Assessor, Kirk Chafee SD Dist. 29 Representative, Trish Ladner SD Dist. 30 Representative
10:30 am –Trade Show Break/Snack Bar
11:00 am – Dr. Kent Wright, Primary Care Physician at Monument Health in Sturgis
11:30am – 1:30pm – Monument Health Vaccinations (Shingles, Tetanus, Pneumonia, HPV) available (Swarm room)
11:45 – Lunch with Trent Loos and Margaret Byfield (invited)
1:15 – Rainfall Simulator Presentation – Tanse Herrman, NRCS
2:00 pm – Market Q & A with Baxter Anders, Kevin Larsen, and Bryan Hanson
3:30 pm – Dr. Kristi Cammack, Director SDSU West River Agricultural Center
Ice Cream Social and Trade Show Break Sponsored by SDSU
4:00 pm – SD Stockgrowers Association Annual Member Meeting (’76 Room)
Trade Show Closes
6:00 pm – Social Hour –
7:00 pm – Awards and Recognition Banquet honoring the Lifetime achievement of Jim Holloway and retiring President Scott Edoff
Auction and Entertainment

 Saturday Sept. 11, 2021
8:00am – Board of Directors Breakfast
9:00am – Board of Directors meeting


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