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South Dakotan joins National Buffalo Hall of Fame

Bruce Anderson is the owner of Western Buffalo Co., a processing plant in Rapid City, S.D.

Bruce Anderson, of Rapid City, S.D., was recently elected to the National Buffalo Foundation's Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is housed at the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown, N.D., and recognizes extraordinary individuals whose contributions have helped shaped the world of buffalo.

Anderson owns and operates Western Buffalo Co. Anderson's career began in 1979 when his family purchased Ken's Western Meats. It was a small meat processing plant that they subsequently rebranded as RC Western Meats. The plant mainly processed beef, pork and game, but began processing some buffalo later that first year.

Wall Drug, in Wall, S.D., was the plant's first buffalo meat customer, and has continued that relationship for nearly 40 years. In the late 1980s, he changed RC Western Meats to Western Buffalo Company and the plant began processing buffalo meat full time.

He has served as the National Bison Association regional director, vice president, president, past president and chairman of the board. He also spent time on the Dakota Territory Buffalo Association board, first as a director and then working his way up to president. He has been the recipient of the NBA's Member of the Year Award and the DTBA's prestigious Pioneer Award for his dedication to the buffalo industry.

National Bison AssociationBruce Anderson with group

HALL OF FAME: Bruce Anderson (center) thanks the National Bison Association for naming him to National Buffalo Hall of Fame in Jamestown, N.D.

Always a strong advocate for the buffalo, Anderson attends many regional meetings and auctions and has given countless presentations and industry updates, thus becoming a valued resource in this ever-changing landscape of buffalo production.

For years, he has attended the NBA's lobbying event to Washington, D.C., to help build the industry's presence and discuss issues with policymakers at USDA and lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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