DLGC 2017 Annual Meeting, West Fargo, ND on December 2, 5:00 pm

Please join the DLGC Board of Directors on Saturday, December 2, for the 2017 Annual Meeting. The DLGC Annual Meeting will be held at the Double Tree Inn**, West Fargo, ND, in the early evening after the conclusion of the North Dakota Lamb & Wool Producers Association and Minnesota Lamb & Wool Producers joint annual conference. The MN and ND organizations have planned a North Dakota Sheep Industry Tour for Friday, December 1 (begins at 10 AM), and a full day of educational sessions, including a trade show, for Saturday, December 2. The Dakota Lamb Growers Cooperative meeting will follow the joint convention activities around 5:00pm (meeting at the Double Tree Inn).

DLGC members will vote on the amended and restated Uniform Marketing Agreement (ballot included with Notice of Meeting mailing). New members are especially encouraged to take advantage of the networking opportunities and educational sessions offered this weekend.

Call 701-551-01 to reserve your room at the Double Tree Inn by November 7. Ask for the NDLWPA Convention rate ($109 plus tax per night). The North Dakota Sheep Industry Tour on Friday is limited to 55 people, so register early! This tour costs an additional $20 (lunch included). You will return by 4:30 pm Friday. A Lamb Dinner Social followed by a fundraiser auction is scheduled for 5 pm Friday evening.

For DLGC members who are Minnesota and North Dakota residents, use your respective state’s registration form (see below) for registering for the conference. DLGC members who are not MN or ND residents, please register using the attached MLWP’s registration form, and pay rate according to membership status in your state’s producer organization. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Randy Kinney (DLGC member and MLWP President) at kinneylamb AT gmail DOT com.

ND MN Convention 2017 sched

MLWP 2017 conference registration (1)

NDLWPA 2017 conference registration (1)

We are currently planning on gathering for dinner after the Annual Meeting, so please email dakotalambgrowers@gmail.com NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 27 so we can get an idea of how many DLGC members are interested in dinner Saturday night.

** Double Tree Inn: 825 E. Beaton Drive, West Fargo, ND 58078–just off I94. Take the Veteran’s Blvd exit.

Thank you for supporting your Dakota Lamb Growers Cooperative!

 

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2017 Annual Meeting, December 2, West Fargo, ND & Fall 2017 newsletter release

Message from DLGC President, Susan Holler:

Marketing lambs through DLGC has been lucrative this year. Contract lambs are returning $25-$30/head above the cash market. We are pleased that the co-op can bring added value to member’s lambs. As always it is good to have some parameters to evaluate lambs and receive feedback on management. Oftentimes members and potential members ask what are the benefits to joining DLCG? In addition to the contract and the ability to sell your lambs on a carcass basis, educational opportunities are available as we experienced at our summer meeting during the Dakota Lakes Research Farm Tour. Dr. Dwayne Beck gave those in attendance a practical and thought provoking tour of the research farm and sustainable Ag practices. From seeding earth worms, to no-till crop rotations, to livestock grazing, he challenged us to evaluate our management practices from a sustainable perspective to better utilize the valuable commodity of soil for the future of our operation and for future generations. As an added bonus it was a beautiful morning along the Missouri river.

In an effort to continue updating the DLGC documents, the board has spent several months working on the uniform marketing agreement (UMA) to align it with the amended Bylaws. The 1 lamb 1 share policy has been in the UMA, that we all signed when we joined DLGC, but it has been controversial and challenging to enforce. In an effort to retain share value, a compromise proposal is being presented and voted on at the annual meeting. Members participating in the packer contract must own a minimum of 50 equity shares in order to deliver lambs. Members can then contract and deliver whatever number of lambs the packer allows. The board has voted and approved an increase in the DLGC administrative fee from $2.50 to $3.50/head ($1 increase), effective January 1, 2018, on all DLGC contract lambs. In order to retain share value for those members who own more than 50 shares, a rebate, to be made via check at the end of the calendar year, in the amount equal to $1/lamb delivered/equity share owned over a member’s first 50 shares (share# 51+) will take effect. A modification to this proposal will be for those new members participating only in the Value Added contract who are not able to utilize the packer contract due to location, small numbers of market lambs, or other limitations. These value added participants will be required to own 1 share for each lamb delivered per year they reach 50 shares. Please review the UMA on the Member’s Only page on the DLGC website. We appreciate your feedback ahead of the annual meeting and vote on the updated UMA to make any beneficial modifications.

In closing, in order to function effectively as a cooperative we need member input and participation. We look forward to seeing you in Fargo the first weekend in December as DLGC combines its annual meeting with the ND and MN annual meetings to better serve our members in those associations. We are also very much looking forward to this final approval of DLGC documents to bring them in line with how the co-op is functioning as compared to its inception almost 2 decades ago.

 

 

SAVE THE DATE: DLGC 2017 ANNUAL MEETING, December 1 and December 2, Fargo, ND

The DLGC Annual Meeting format will change this year, as we join the Minnesota and North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Associations in Fargo on Dec. 1st and 2nd. This should make it easier for members in these groups to also participate in the DLGC meeting. Our annual meeting will be Saturday evening. Please stay tuned for details.

DLGC 2017 SUMMER MEETING-August 11 and August 12, Pierre, South Dakota

Mark your calendars for Aug 12th for the DLGC summer meeting at Dakota Lakes Research Farm near Pierre, SD. After his presentation at the December annual meeting, Dr. Dwayne Beck invited co-op members to a personalized tour of the research farm. This should be a great opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture including soil health, cover crops, and grazing. We will have a board meeting Friday evening (August 11) following dinner at Red Rossa Italian Grille in Pierre. Please join us for dinner and input on the Uniform Marketing Agreement as we finalize a compromise proposal for the 1 lamb-1 share policy.

Friday, August 11:

6:30 pm             Members’ supper at Red Rossa Italian Grille (reservations under DLGC, 808 West Sioux Ave., Ste 200, Pierre, SD 57501)

8:00 pm           Board of Directors meeting at Governor’s Inn, Anderson Room  (700 W. Sioux Ave.)

 

Saturday, August 12:

8:30 am            Dakota Lakes Research Farms Tour (farms located 17 miles east of Pierre on Highway 34)

12:30 pm          Lamb Dinner at the Prairie Regional Extension Center (the old Kenyon Building, 412 West Missouri St.)

The Governor’s Inn (605-224-4200) is giving DLGC a rate of $86.95 + tax for August 11 (checkout 8/12). Please reserve your room directly with them and mention the rate. Please R.S.V.P. by noon Monday, August 7, if you plan on joining the Board of Directors for supper, Friday’s Board meeting, and Saturday’s dinner. Email dakotalambgrowers@gmail.com or call Mina at 605-651-9530 to R.S.V.P.

SAVE THE DATE: DLGC 2017 ANNUAL MEETING, December 1 and December 2, Fargo, ND

The DLGC Annual Meeting format will change this year, as we join the Minnesota and North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Associations in Fargo on Dec. 1st and 2nd. This should make it easier for members in these groups to also participate in the DLGC meeting. Our annual meeting will be Saturday evening. Please stay tuned for details.

DAKOTA LAKES RESEARCH FARM

Dr. Dwayne Beck manages the research facility called Dakota Lakes Research Farm. The Dakota Lakes Research Farm is a cooperative effort between South Dakota State University and the Dakota Lakes Research Farm Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation created by family farmers and local businesses in the 1980’s.  This group owns the land, buildings, and other fixed assets. They work with the manager in prioritizing research projects and planning capital improvements. Full-time operations at the present site began in the fall of 1989.  The entire facility has always been managed using true conservation agriculture techniques (continuous low-disturbance no-till and diverse rotations) since its inception.

The funds needed to operate the research program at the center come from three main sources. They are provided by SDSU in several direct and indirect forms; some come from grants funded primarily through commodity checkoff programs; and the remaining resources are generated from profits stemming from the production enterprise at the Station. The production enterprise is managed so that the research program is optimized. That is the main purpose of the farm. Within this constraint, the goal is to make as much money as possible on the production enterprise and spend all of this money on research projects, facility improvements, and equipment purchases and upgrades.

The unique cooperative arrangement between South Dakota State University and the agricultural producer members of the corporation has resulted in substantial success.  The primary impact was the development of programs that have allowed   producers to profitably adopt conservation agriculture techniques in a large portion of central South Dakota and throughout the grassland ecosystems of North America.  Identification of the extremely important role played by crop rotation in minimizing weed, disease, and insect problems while increasing potential profitability was the key contribution to this       success.  Principles developed at the Dakota Lakes Research Center have been successfully applied to many ecosystems around the world. The intellectual and fiscal contributions of the producer/owners of the Dakota Lakes Research Farm   Corporation are the key to the successes achieved at this point. What has happened so far is only the beginning, conservation agriculture research and development continues and is expanding into new areas. (From www.dakotalakes.com/)

 

 

 

DLGC Message from President Susan Holler

Happy New Year DLGC members:

I hope the New Year is starting off well for all of you. I would like to thank Jeff Petersen for his 6 years of service to DLGC. Jeff was instrumental in negotiating and maintaining our contract with Superior Farms. We greatly appreciate his efforts to give the co-op this opportunity. I would also like to welcome back our newly elected board member David Peterson. David has previously served on the board and will join the board to help the co-op move forward. Thank you to both Jeff and David.

At the Annual Meeting, Dr. Dwayne Beck, Director of Dakota Lakes Research Farm, spoke about Conservation Agriculture. His presentation was thought provoking as we evaluate our farming practices and how they affect the future of agriculture. After an enlightening discussion session, Dr. Beck invited DLGC to the research farm in Pierre, SD for a personalized tour.   We will coordinate our visit with activities at the research farm to maximize this opportunity for our 2017 summer meeting, date TBA.

The bylaws revision passed at the annual meeting in Aberdeen so we are now better poised for the future of the co-op. In 2019, DLGC will celebrate its 20th Anniversary. The bylaws revision was a big task taking over a year to finalize. Thank you to all who participated in the process. Also, thank you to all who voted and especially to everyone who attended the annual meeting. The weather in December can be challenging and this past annual meeting was no exception. We are looking at options to make it easier to attend the meetings and network with other members. With the updated bylaws in place we now turn our attention to the Uniform Marketing Agreement (UMA), Subscription Agreement, and Articles of Incorporation (Articles) to bring all of our official documents into line. Initially, I thought this would be an easy process but as most things do, it is turning out to be more challenging than anticipated. When each of us joined the co-op, and signed the UMA, we agreed to the 1 share 1 lamb policy. Each share we owned allowed us to deliver 1 lamb through DLGC. Over time, as the co-op underwent changes, this policy has not been enforced. As we tried to rebuild, after determining marketing our own product was not feasible, we allowed members to deliver extra lambs to keep a viable relationship with our main packer, Superior Farms. Most recently, there have been 3 members who have been delivering the vast majority of the lambs thus allowing us to maintain our contract. As new members join, we need to be clear on what the policy will be. How many shares above the 50 shares minimum will they need to own? And how many lambs will that entitle them to deliver? As with all issues there are 2 sides. If we continue with the stated policy of 1 share 1 lamb the discussion will include:

Pros: 1. Increased communication between members for buying or leasing shares; 2. Give value to shares of members who would like to sell; 3. Make share #s equitable for those for those who own shares; 4. Currently, low purchase price on shares for those buying.

Cons: 1. May limit delivery numbers just when deliveries are increasing; 2. Personnel needed to track shares to make sure members have adequate # of shares; 3. Delayed implementation – UMA, Articles, and Subscription agreement revision in 2017; 4. Time frame for compliance.

We have set up a committee to review this policy and propose how the aforementioned agreements should be worded. Please contact committee members, Jeff Young, Chad Hasbargen, and David Petersen with your input as we work together to benefit members and position DLGC for future business. Many opportunities await us when we work together cooperatively!

Thank you for your participation, Susan Holler

DLGC 2016 Annual Meeting-Aberdeen, SD: December 9th and 10th

FEATURED SPEAKER: Dr. Dwayne Beck, Manager of Dakota Lakes Research Farm

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Dr. Dwayne Beck manages the research facility called Dakota Lakes Research Farm. The Dakota Lakes Research Farm is owned by a not-for-profit corporation created by family farmers and local businesses in the 1980’s.  Full-time operations at the present site began in the fall of 1989.  The entire facility has always been managed using true conservation agriculture techniques (continuous low-disturbance no-till and diverse rotations) since its inception.

The unique cooperative arrangement between South Dakota State University and the agricultural producer members of the corporation has resulted in substantial success.  The primary impact was the development of programs that have allowed producers to profitably adopt conservation agriculture techniques in a large portion of central South Dakota and throughout the grassland ecosystems of North America.  Identification of the extremely important role played by crop rotation in minimizing weed, disease, and insect problems while increasing potential profitability was the key contribution to this success.  Principles developed at the Dakota Lakes Research Center have been successfully applied to many ecosystems around the world. The intellectual and fiscal contributions of the producer/owners of the Dakota Lakes Research Farm Corporation are the key to the successes achieved at this point. What has happened so far is only the beginning, conservation agriculture research and development continues and is expanding into new areas.

Dr. Beck was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2007 and was presented with the American Agricultural Editors Association Distinguished Service Award in 2008. He has spoken at numerous national and international meetings and is renowned not just for his research work, but also for his teaching skills and his unique approach to managing ecosystems used for producing food. Dr. Beck was a featured speaker in 2014 at the 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture.

(Bio information on Dr. Beck from 6th WCCA site.)

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For Dakota Lakes Research Farm publications, please visit: http://www.dakotalakes.com/Publications.htm

WOULD YOU LIKE TO PARTICIPATE? Producer Panel Discussion

Farmers learn best from other farmers who have experimented with different “best practices” in ag production techniques. Terry Ness (Treasurer), Jeff Young (Vice President), and Kelley O’Neill (Director) will share some of their experiences with crop rotation and alternative crops. We would like to hear from more of our members. If you would like to be on the panel and present some of your best (or not so successful) practices, please let Susan Holler or Mina Doerner know during dinner at Maverick’s on Friday night, at the latest. You can always email the Co-op Board and manager at dakotalambgrowers@gmail.com before Friday, too, so we can officially add your name and topic to the agenda for Saturday.

Presentations will be informal, and are intended to be an active learning opportunity, so you don’t have to have handouts, unless you would like to.

If you plan on attending Friday’s supper and Saturday’s lunch, please R.S.V.P. by       Monday, December 5 at 10 am CST to dakotalambgrowers@gmail.com or call Mina at    605-651-9530 (please leave a message if no answer).

The Co-op will be drawing names for DOOR PRIZES during this year’s meeting! All attending DLGC Members* are eligible (with the exception of current Board of Directors) to win one of eight $100 bills or one of two American Sheep Industry Volume 8 of the Sheep Production Handbooks (featuring updated material in every chapter as well as a new chapter on lamb quality. A fully searchable USB drive is included with each book).

*Only one winning draw per family/entity. Must be present to win!

Program

Friday, December 9

  • 7:00 pm-Dinner at Maverick’s in the “Party Room”

[720 Lamont St S, Aberdeen, SD 57401]

  • 9:00 pm: Co-op Board of Directors Open Meeting at Quality Inn in the “Breakfast Room”

[2923 6th Ave., S.E., Aberdeen, SD 57401]

Saturday, December 10

LOCATION: Dakota Events Center          [720 Lamont St S, Aberdeen, SD 57401]

  • 8:30-8:55 am: Registration in the James River/Ringneck Rooms
  • 9:00-10:15 am: Speaker Dr. Dwayne Beck, Manager, Dakota Lakes Research Farm
  • 10:45 am-12:00 Noon: Producer Panel Discussion: Putting Conservation Agriculture Concepts into Practice
  • 12-1:20 pm: Lunch in the Missouri River Room
  • 1:20-1:30 pm: Registration for Co-op business meeting
  • 1:30 pm: Co-op Annual Business Meeting
    •             By-Laws Amendments Vote
    •             Election of Officers

~ 4:00 pm: Annual Meeting adjourned

 

Suggested Hotels:

Quality Inn [2923 6th Ave., S.E., Aberdeen, SD 57401]

Call 605-226-0097 for reservations. (Special rate expired 11/9.)

Hampton Inn [3216 7th Ave SE, Aberdeen, SD 57401]

This hotel is attached to Maverick’s and the Dakota Events Center. Call 605-262-2600 for reservations (Special rate expired 11/9.)

DLGC Summer Meeting-Schedule of Events

Where:  Brookings, South Dakota

When: July 15 & 16, 2016

If you plan on attending Friday’s supper, please R.S.V.P. by July 11th. Call Mina at 605-651-9530 or email dakotalambgrowers@gmail.com. For information on registering for the 2nd Annual GM1 for HD Golf Classic, please visit Events on The Shepherd’s Gift: GM1 for HD page.

SCHEDULE:

Friday, July 15

  • 3:00-5:00 pm: Tour The Unspun Tale: Sheep in SD exhibit at the Ag Heritage Museum, SDSU campus
  • 5:30-7:00 pm: Fellowship/Lamb Supper at Wooden Legs Brewery (WLB), downtown Brookings
  • 7:00-8:00 pm: GM1 Cooperators meeting at WLB
  • 8:15-9:30 pm: Co-op Board of Directors meeting at Econo Lodge & Inn Suites, 2515 6th Street (Starolite Room)

Saturday, July 16 @ Edgebrook Golf Course

(1415 22nd Ave. South, Brookings SD 57006)

  • 11:00 am: Registration & check-in for Golf Teams
  • 12:00 noon: Introductions & Thanks
  • 12:30 pm: Shotgun start (4-person scramble)
  • 1:00-3:30 pm: Bean Bag tournament, HD Awareness button making by the original Button Boys, fiber crafts
  • Tournament ends with supper, awards ceremony
  • Silent Auction benefiting The Shepherd’s Gift: GM1 for HD

Please visit the Members Only page to view the Spring 2016 DLGC Newsletter!!