North Dakota Stockmens Association re-elects Reich as president

Oct 9, 2009
by WLJ
North Dakota Stockmen’s Association re-elects Reich as president

—Two incumbents and four newly elected directors complete board.

Now, more than ever, the cattle industry must be united to protect, preserve and promote the industry. That was the message of cattle producer Jack Reich of Zap, ND, during his president’s address to cattle producers during the 80th Annual North Dakota Stockmen’s Association’s (NDSA) Convention and Trade Show Sept. 24-26 in Bismarck, ND.

Reich was re-elected to the association’s top leadership position during the organization’s annual meeting last month. This is Reich’s second term as president for the 80-yearold beef trade organization. Before accepting the president’s gavel last year, the 15-year member served two terms as vice president and, before that, six years as a District 4 director. During that time, he chaired the NDSA Brand Board and the NDSA Membership Committee. He and his wife Mardee operate Reich Angus, a registered Angus seedstock business near Zap, along with their three kids, Vander, Kaydee and Will, and Jack’s father, Delvin.

Jason Schmidt of Medina, ND, was also re-elected to his post as NDSA vice president. The 18-year member served as a District 3 director for eight years before assuming the officer position. He also chairs the NDSA Membership Committee. He and his wife Serena have four children, Paige, Austin, Madelyn and Ava. The Schmidts operate a fourth-generation, 300-plus commercial cattle herd where the Red Angus- Simmental-cross calves are backgrounded and sold off the farm.

Two directors were reelected to the NDSA Board of Directors at the convention. They are:

Gerry Vangsness of Wal cott, ND, a 30-year NDSA member who was re-elected as a District 2 director. Vangsness and his wife Dianna have three children, Clint, Levi and Eva. They operate a cow/calf operation and a 2,000-head, permitted feed yard offering custom backgrounding and finishing services.

Frank Melchior of Almont, ND, was re-elected as a District 4 director. Melchior and his wife Jane have two daughters, Hannah and Lindsey. The family operates a commercial Red Angus and Gelbvieh ranch near Almont.

Four directors were newly elected to the NDSA Board of Directors. They include the following:

Jeff Schafer of New Rockford, ND, a fifth-generation rancher and a 20-year NDSA member who was elected as a District 1 director. He and his wife Leann have three children, Chelsey, Colten and Corey. The family operates Rhein Valley Farms and RV Feedlot where they fin ish fresh-weaned calves. The Schafers also operate Roughrider Feeds, a Purina feed business.

Doug Bichler of Linton, ND, a four-year NDSA member, was elected as a District 3 director. Bichler raises registered Simmental, SimAngus and Red Angus cattle, develops heifers, and also works as a North Dakota State University Extension agent for Emmons County.

Paige Burian of Manning, ND, a 17-year NDSA member, was elected as a District 5 director. He and his wife Brenda have four children, Shadera, Shawna, Shay and Shyenna, and raise commercial Angus and Red Angus cattle and foundation Quarter horses.

Mark Giedd of Washburn, ND, a 22-year NDSA member, was elected as a District 6 director. He and his wife Wanda have two children, Ashley and Shane, and run a registered Hereford and commercial cattle ranch and permitted feedlot.

Other officers and directors include the following:

Mark Huseth of McLeod, ND, immediate past president; Keith Johnson of Sharon, ND, District 1 director; Kory Jorgenson of Rugby, ND, District 1 director; Dan Rorvig of McVille, ND, District 1 director; Bruce Hakanson of McLeod, ND, District 2 director; Joel Schmitz of Enderlin, ND, District 2 director; Richard Fast of New Salem, ND, District 4 director; Fred Helbling of Mandan, ND, District 4 director; Casey Maher of Morristown, SD, District 4 director; Steve Brooks of Bowman, ND, District 5 director; Jason Leiseth of Arnegard, ND, District 5 director; Winton Wold of Watford City, District 5 director; Doug Feiring of Powers Lake, ND, District 6 director; Gabe Thompson Jr., of Antler, ND, District 6 director; and Jason Zahn of Towner, ND, District 6 director.

Officer terms are one year each. Director terms are four years each. — WLJ