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Posted 04/25/2022

Member Alert

North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Member Update:

April 25, 2022


Drone assessment opportunities available tomorrow in northwestern North Dakota

Isight Drone Services and Vantis, a Federal Aviation Administration test site, will be flying tomorrow, Tuesday, April 26, in the Watford City, N.D., area and have offered to help livestock producers within driving distance of Watford City to assess fencelines, do cattle counts and provide imagery of their property as a help following the weekend’s impactful spring storm. If producers are interested, they are asked to contact Zach Daly of Isight at or (763) 688-1924 to make arrangements. They will be asked to provide a KMZ file or address of their land. Isight officials said they will do their best to support as many as possible.


Some state positions opening for Cattlemen’s Beef Board, including North Dakota’s

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominees for the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB) to succeed 39 members whose terms expire in March 2023. The deadline for nominations is June 9


Nominees are needed to succeed members in North Dakota, as well as Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Northwest Unit (Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington), Southwest Unit (California and Nevada) and Importer Unit.


The CBB is composed of 101 members representing 34 separate states, four units of geographically grouped states and one importer unit. Beef producers within the United States who own cattle or any importers that import cattle or beef may be nominated. Producers and importers must be nominated by a certified producer organization and submit a completed application. The Secretary of Agriculture will select individuals from the nominations submitted.


A list of certified producer organizations, the nomination form and information about the CBB are available here. For more information, contact Barbara Josselyn at (202) 713-6918 or


Stockmen’s Association and Foundation to provide blizzard relief

The NDSA and North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation (NDSF) have teamed up to support the state’s cattle ranchers who suffered significant impacts in back-to-back storms this month. Livestock industry impacts range from widespread livestock death and illness to damaged buildings and fences. Feed resources are also low, with the storms coming on the heels of significant statewide drought.


To help North Dakota cattlemen and women offset the challenges from these disastrous storms and those that will linger long after the snow has melted, the non-profit organizations are launching the Hope After Haley Disaster Relief Fund. The NDSA and NDSF have kickstarted the relief fund with their $40,000 initial contribution and are inviting others to join them by contributing to the effort.

Monetary contributions to the disaster relief fund can be made two ways: 1) Checks can be made to the NDSF with “Hope After Haley” written in the memo and sent to 407 S. Second St., Bismarck, ND 58504; or 2) Credit card gifts can be made online by clicking here. The gifts will be pooled and distributed in their entirety to North Dakota cattle ranchers later this spring through an application and nomination process. A selection committee comprised of fellow ranchers will make selections and distribute the funds to those most in need.


The NDSF is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, so gifts can be deducted as charitable contributions for income tax purposes. For more information about the Hope After Haley Disaster Relief Fund or other ways to help, call (701) 223-2522 or visit Application and nomination forms for the disaster relief will be available for ranchers in May.