MAPLE PLAIN, Minn. — Minnesota was well represented in San Antonio at The Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Tradeshow February 5-8, 2020.
Don Schiefelbein, of Kimball, MN, was elected as the new NCBA Vice President. Schiefelbein has a long history of industry service, most recently in the role as NCBA Policy Chairman, as well as the chairman of the Beef Industry Long Range Planning Committee. In addition, he has also been an active leader of the American Angus Association and is a past president of the Minnesota Cattlemen’s Association.
Dana and Thor Didrikson of Badger, MN, were recognized as the winners of the Region III Environmental Stewardship Award. Didrikson Farms consolidated their cows to create fewer, larger herds spread out on the 4,500 acres to make healthy soil and grass their top priority. Implementing a strip grazing plan has increased the overall soil health, which led to an increase in organic matter and decrease in weeds and water runoff. The Didrikson brothers also worked with NRCS to install permanent water resources and portable water tanks. They have made the transition from grain farming to raising only cattle and grass, which is rare in their part of the country. Cattlemen to Cattlemen recently featured the Didrikson Farm.
Katie Brenny, of Mazeppa, MN, was elected to serve on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board Operating Committee. The Beef Promotion Operating Committee is defined in the Beef Act as the body responsible for developing the annual budget, which must be approved by the full Beef Board and USDA, for developing plans and programs in the areas of promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications.
Angie Ford was recognized for being the 2nd place NCBA Top Hand Recruiter. Started in 1982, the Top Hand Club is NCBA’s member-driven recruitment program and recognizes those NCBA members who continually give their time and effort to increase the volume of NCBA’s voice.
Two Minnesotans, Bailee Schiefelbein and Josephine Jenson, were recipients of the CME Group Scholarship. Bailee Schiefelbein is a high school senior from Kimball, MN and will attend college this fall at either Oklahoma State University or Texas A&M. Josephine Jenson is a high school senior from Welch, MN and will be attending South Dakota State University this fall.
During the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention, beef farmers and ranchers set priority policy issues for the upcoming year. Priority issues include: Fake Meat, Trade & Market Access, Climate Policy, Cattle Markets, Regulatory Reform: implementation and Defense.
About the Minnesota Beef Council
For over 50 years, the Minnesota Beef Council has worked on behalf of beef farmers and ranchers to conduct research, education and promotional programs about beef and beef products.
For more information about the Minnesota Beef Council visit us on the web at www.mnbeef.org or call 763-479-1011. Also, be sure to follow us on our Facebook and Instagram at Minnesota Beef.
About the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association
The Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association (MSCA) is a membership-based organization that represents cattle farmers and individuals who are part of the cattle community in Minnesota.
— Minnesota Beef Council
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