December 3, 2016

The Changing Winds on Trade Deals – a South Dakota Perspective

It’s not breaking news that the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is pretty much toast as far as U.S. approval is concerned – following promises on the presidential campaign trail and the election of Donald Trump.

That’s the message that National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Elect Craig Uden shared with producers cattle buyers at the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association’s annual convention in Watertown, yesterday. sdca-16

We spoke Wednesday with South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association President Elect Larry Stomprud, of Mud Butte.

Larry on TPP

larryLarry recently returned from four days in cattle country in the northern Everglades of central Florida. He toured several successful working ranches – and he was there during Hurricane Matthew.

Larry on Hurricane Matthew

After learning about the unique challenges and management practices of the Everglades region, Larry has said he wouldn’t trade “our South Dakota cattle for theirs, but he admits that they’ve learned to breed the cattle that best fit their environment — such as Cracker cattle.



Cattlemen Press for Updates and Expansion at State Lab in Brookings

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard was the keynote speaker for Wednesday’s luncheon at the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Convention and Trade Show in Watertown at the Ramkota and Events Center.

Daugaard talked about the need to upgrade the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory in Brookings.

governorThe question we asked the Governor – will there be money in the state budget?

Governor on the Lab

South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association President Elect Larry Stomprud of Mud Butte says the devil will be in the details.     Larry and the LabSDCA


Again, the Governor will reveal his budget ideas next week.





Wet Snow Greets Cattlemen in Watertown, CME Group Would Get Chilly Reception

We’re broadcasting from the 68th Annual Convention and Trade Show of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association at the Watertown Ramkota and Event Center.

sdca-16This morning’s agenda featured a very engaged panel meeting and question/answer session with producers about the cattle markets and the CME.

We spoke with National Cattlemen’s Assocation President-Elect Craig Uden, A fourth-generation cattleman from Elwood, Nebraska.

He says producers and the CME are working together to make some strides, but more needs to be done.

CME Workings

Meanwhile – the recent presidential election is on the minds of many producers in attendance at this year’s convention.  Uden pointed out that the incoming Trump administration will need to fill about 4,000 government seats when it takes over the White House.  Cattle producers are hopeful that EPA appointments will be agriculture-friendly — and there are two seats of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, too.

CFTC Vacancies

The Convention and Trade Show continues through Thursday.

Full agenda at