Dakota Farmer

Livestock summit aims for growth

North Dakota Livestock Summit shares development opportunities in Fargo.

Sarah McNaughton

January 30, 2023

2 Min Read
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PLANS FOR GROWTH: Producers and enthusiasts alike are set to attend the annual summit, which will have a focus on North Dakota’s unique opportunity to grow the states animal agriculture industry.Sarah McNaughton

The fourth annual North Dakota Livestock Summit will be focusing on growth and development of the animal agriculture industry within the state. The event will be Feb. 8 at the Doubletree Hilton in Fargo.

“This summit is a great way to get information and resources to producers who are interested in diversifying their farms with livestock, whether that is expanding existing operations or diversifying crop operations,” says Amber Boeshans, executive director of the North Dakota Livestock Alliance.

NDLA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is committed to providing assistance to farmers, ranchers and communities in developing and expanding the livestock industry. The summit is just one way that NDLA reaches communities and farmers with the benefits of livestock development.

A panel discussion on using livestock to secure your farm’s legacy, and informative breakout sessions and speakers fill out the rest of the day’s schedule.

“We have a great lineup of speakers, breakout sessions and networking set for the summit again this year,” Boeshans says. In addition to the speakers and sessions, the summit also features a full trade show.

This year’s summit will also feature many opportunities to learn how hogs can benefit your farm, as North Dakota has a unique opportunity for this species.

“Unlike other states with dense pig populations, North Dakota has the unique ability to place hog barns in areas isolated from other pigs,” she says. “This significant space between pig barns is vital to animal well-being by preventing the sharing of pig illnesses between barns.”

South Dakota has seen continued growth in its livestock sector in recent years, and many hope that North Dakota will follow suit and grow its animal agriculture. The summit’s keynote speaker is slated to share how this success can be replicated in the North Dakota.

“We’re very excited for our keynote speaker, Nathan Sanderson, and his message on how his work in South Dakota helped to grow their state’s livestock industry,” Boeshans says.

Sanderson is the executive director of the South Dakota Retailers Association and has done extensive work in developing livestock industries.

Free registration and a full agenda can be found at ndlivestock.org.

About the Author(s)

Sarah McNaughton

Editor, Dakota Farmer, Farm Progress

Sarah McNaughton is a graduate of North Dakota State University, with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture communications, along with minors in animal science and Extension education. She is working on completing her master’s degree in Extension education and youth development, also at NDSU. In her undergraduate program, she discovered a love for the agriculture industry and the people who work in it through her courses and involvement in professional and student organizations.

After graduating college, Sarah worked at KFGO Radio out of Fargo, N.D., as a farm and ranch reporter. She covered agriculture and agribusiness news for North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Most recently she was a 4-H Extension agent in Cass County, N.D., teaching, coordinating and facilitating youth programming in various project areas.

She is involved in agriculture in both her professional and personal life, serving on the executive board for North Dakota Agri-Women, and as a member in American Agri-Women, Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority Alumni and Professional Women in Agri-business. As a life-long 4-H’er, she is a regular volunteer for North Dakota 4-H programs and events.

In her free time, she is an avid backpacker and hiker, enjoys running with her cattle dog Ripley, and can be found most summer weekends at rodeos around the Midwest.

Sarah is originally from Grand Forks, N.D., and currently resides in Fargo.

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