The Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association recently held their annual meeting on Dec. 7 in Colville, electing the officers for the organization and adding a new board member.
All of the officers retained their positions for the coming year, including Rice area rancher Scott Nielsen was elected as President for another term; Justin Hedrick of the Diamond M Ranch will again serve as Vice President; Keith Ringer will continue as Secretary and Larry Sweat was re-elected as Treasurer.
Rancher Joe Barker was added to the SCCA board as a new member, rounding out the 9 member board that consists of SCCA members Dave Smith, Kenny Marx, Ted Wishon, Larry Sweat, Keith Ringer, Don Dashiell and Justin Hedrick.
President Nielsen said the group will continue to work on issues that affect the cow-calf producer, including pushing for delisting and better management of the Gray Wolf; advocating for the multi-use policy of the Colville National Forest that includes livestock grazing; and working on regulatory issues. SCCA has also joined the Science First Coalition which calls for the use of “sound science in public policy”, http://www.sciencefirstcoalition.com
“We are fortunate to have a good, solid group of producers who are willing to serve as officers and board members and their time and dedication is really appreciated,” said Nielsen. “We are looking forward to a good year.”
The SCCA annual banquet, which drew over 350 attendees last year, is set for Feb. 8 in Colville. Details will be released in the near future. Information will also be available at http://www.stevenscountycattlemen.wordpress.com and on the group’s Facebook page.