SD Cattlemen’s 63rd Annual Convention & Trade Show features ND State Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor

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Rusty Halvorson is at the Ramkota Hotel in Pierre, South Dakota for the 63rd Annual Convention and Trade Show of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association. Here’s his report from the show:

Today’s agenda is a busy one for the 250 or so people that usually show up for the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show in Pierre, South Dakota.  Group officials were optimistic about good attendance this year thanks to an earlier harvest compared to past few seasons.  We caught up with the Association’s Executive Director, Jodie Hickman, on the sidelines of the trade show set-up last (on Tuesday) night.  She says the group is saddled (or cinched) up to get underway today with a visit with South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones.

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Tonight’s lineup at the convention will feature the group’s Awards Banquet and Entertainment.

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Rancher, Writer and North Dakota State Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor hails from the Towner, North Dakota, area.  And, Hickman says you can still register on-site for the convention.

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Two day registration is $140, one day registration is $85.

Tomorrow, our microphones will travel to the Ramkota Exhibit Hall in Sioux Falls for the 7th Annual AgOutlook for South Dakota’s soybean producers (South Dakota Soybean and Research Promotion Council & South Dakota Soybean Association) and to the Alerus Center in Grand Forks for the Prairie Grains Conference – where marketing, weather, machinery and production seminars will highlight the schedule .

As for the SDCA Convention and Trade Show, here is the schedule:

Wednesday, December 7

7:15 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast in Trade Show

8:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration

8:00 am – 10:00 am Opening Session

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Trade Show Time

11:15 am – 11:30 am Committee Chairs Meeting

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm  Cow-Calf and Feeder Council Meetings

2:30 – 3:15 pm Break in the Trade Show

3:15 pm – 5:30 pm Committee Meetings

5:45 pm – 7:30 pm Reception/President’s Auction

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Awards Banquet & Entertainment

Leopold Conservation Award presentation & recognition of SDCA award winners

Entertainment – Ryan Taylor

Thursday, December 8

7:30 am – 8:45 am Membership Brainstorming Session & Affiliate Presidents/Regional VP Meeting

8:00 am – 2:00 pm Registration

8:30 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast in Trade Show

9:00 am – 11:00 am Cattlemen’s College, Sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health – Beef Production Technologies

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Regional Caucus Meetings

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Trade Show Time (Trade Show closes at 2:30)

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm Annual Membership Meeting

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Social

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