Members of South Dakota Stockgrowers Association have been busy the past week as President Kenny Fox and Executive Director Margaret Nachtigall traveled to North Platte, Nebraska to attend the annual meeting of the Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska.

Their meeting was held in North Platte on October 3rd with speakers such as Administrator of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, J Dudley Butler. Mr Butler repeated a message we heard here in Rapid City on September 11, saying this administration will be enforcing the Packers and Stockyards Act. He also reiterated that his office will need strong support from all livestock producers to make the enforcement possible.

Also on the agenda were Nebraska state legislators forming a panel for discussion of Nebraska taxes which includes sales tax, personal property tax, real estate tax and state income tax.

Well known personality, G.B. Oliver, Alamogordo, New Mexico, who has spoken several times at the South Dakota Stockgrowers meetings regarding property rights and jurisdictional rights of local authorities, was on hand as a speaker and as a go-to person for questions on these issues.

On Monday, October 5 Kenny and Margaret met several South Dakota Stockgrower members in Pierre and 2 carloads of members traveled to Aberdeen, SD and the Hundstad Farm near Bath, SD to meet with Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

A crowd of approximately 300, with standing room only made their way out of the rain and into the machine shed to ask questions.

Few folks got a chance to ask questions, but Stockgrowers’ President Kenny Fox, Belvidere, SD was able to visit with Secretary Vilsack for a short time prior to the meeting at Hundstad’s. Stockgrower Vice President Shane Kolb, Meadow was able to ask about the rules and regulations being developed for the enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act. Secretary Vilsack advised that there are certain channels these things have to go through, but that every effort is being made to push this as soon as possible. He also stated that this administration is “very serious” about enforcement of this Act, he again stated “very serious”.

President Kenny Fox speaking for the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association stated “We are extremely appreciative of Congresswoman Herseth Sandlin and Secretary Tom Vilsack taking time to travel to South Dakota, to meet with the people, and to answer as many questions as time would allow. We extend our thanks to them for their time and their support of South Dakota’s Number One industry.”