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Winter Conferences And Beef Bucks Winner

bilde.jpg 'Tis the season for fighting winter cold and snow, feeding hay and grain, gearing up for calving season and attending annual conferences. Today's blog offers a recap of my business week of traveling, highlights from your best winter stories and the winner of the $100 VISA Beef Bucks, courtesy of the South Dakota Cattlemen's Auxiliary.

I have had a whirlwind week of traveling, starting out in Kearney, NE, where I was a workshop presenter at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation's Annual Convention. My presentation, "Ranching Online," focused on training farmers and ranchers to use social media to share their agriculture story to reconnect consumers to producers and rebuild Americans' trust in the U.S. food system. You can read about my message at Nebraska Central News.

From there, I headed to Wall, SD, where I was a guest speaker at the Wall Elementary School. I had a great time reading my children's book, "Levi's Lost Calf," to the students there. I also enjoyed viewing the entries in the coloring contest the kids participated in, featuring illustrations from the book! Teaching kids the importance of where their food comes from, while showing them the cowboy way, was the goal of my book, and I'm happy to share that message with kids across the country.

Finally, I traveled to Pierre, SD, to attend the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Annual Convention. After this week of traveling, I’m thinking it’s a good thing I have a husband to help Dad with chores at home! Be sure to tune in next week, where I will offer speaker highlights from the Pierre convention. Among the topics discussed were: the political environment in Washington, D.C., risk management and marketing, value-added agriculture, animal and environmental activists, and feeding cattle in a high-cost market.

Now, for the winners of our two-day contest in which we asked you about your ideas on the best and the worst of winter on the ranch. The winner selected at random to receive a $100 VISA Beef Bucks Gift Card is Stephanie Smith.

Smith wrote about her favorite part of winner, saying, "The best part of winter is the cool, crisp mornings with the horses and cattle. The sounds they are making are the only sounds you hear. The rest of the world is cuddled up inside, nice and warm, and its just you and your animals. It makes you feel like the only person on earth, and the stock couldn’t be happier to have you there! Love the peacefulness of early, cold mornings."

Congratulations, Smith, and enjoy your Beef Bucks! Email me at with your name and mailing address, and I will get the prize sent your way! Thanks to all who participated. Be sure to stop back next week for another chance to win!