President's Message


 Warren Zenker
NDSA President




With mixed emotions, I sat down to write my last column a week before the convention and turning the reins over to Dan Rorvig. While my writing career is coming to an end, so are the phone calls and the near-daily interactions with the staff and our valued members. Meeting you and working with you has truly been the best part of my presidency. I have made many friends in all regions of the state who I might not have ever had the chance to meet without taking on this role.

As I step down as your president, I believe the NDSA is as strong as it has ever been. Membership stands at nearly 3,000 members, whose involvement in this association is fantastic. We have had great attendance at our conventions, Spring Roundups, tours and youth events. We have made and maintained a very good working relationship with each member of our Congressional delegation in Washington, D. C., and have an incredible voice at the North Dakota Legislature. The NDSA board you have elected is fantastic, with each individual having a passion to unite, protect, promote, educate and serve the beef industry. It has truly been an honor to work with each of them.

I have numerous people to thank for the extra effort they put in over the past two years. First and foremost is my family. To my wife Linda, our daughter Jordan, her husband David and our son Brooks, thank you for all the extra work you did and support you gave me. You guys are awesome, and I wouldn’t have been able to do this without your help and involvement. To my nephew Taylor (Bubba), thank you for always picking up the slack. I appreciate your work ethic and humor. You were always there and never complained about doing more when I was gone. To my nephews Chris and Mike, thank you for being there to help Brooks and Taylor when they needed an extra hand. You guys are both great, and I am blessed to be able to work with each of you.

Thanks to NDSA Executive Vice President Julie Ellingson and the entire staff. They are the best. Julie was on call 24/7 and was always willing to coach me for an impromptu interview or to help me through a difficult issue. Thank you all so much for your patience and confidence in me.  I am honored to call each of you my friends.

Thanks also to NDSA Past President Steve Brooks and Dan Rorvig, your new NDSA president. You guys were always willing to lend a hand to fill in if I couldn’t attend a function. Thanks also to the NDSA directors who were always eager to pitch in when I asked for their help. I am proud of their passion for the beef industry.

Finally, I would like to thank you, the members, for standing up and advocating for our industry. You have been great to work with. I hope you are as proud of yourselves and your association as I am. 

Last week, I was in Scott Ressler’s office and he showed me some pictures of his kids. I commented on how they are growing up to be good-looking individuals. He agreed and told me they had gotten their good looks from him. “They sure did,” I replied. “Their mom still has hers.

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