The North Dakota Stockmen's Association got its start 85 years ago.
Since then the mission and membership has grown to become a statewide organization. Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin has the story.
From the Capitol Hill to the rolling plains of North Dakota, you'll find the Stockmen's Association working for livestock producers.
(Jason Zahn / NDSA President) "Growing up as a kid I would see all these pickups that had the North Dakota Stockmens Association stickers and they were not very political people but they were always very proud of that sticker. And that's what I wanted to represent just what those people believed in. Family values and the ranching way of life."
Jason Zahn ranches near Towner.
Zahn currently serves at the President of the Stockmen's Association.
(Jason Zahn / NDSA President) "There has always been issues that we have faced that not necessarily all 3000 members would agree with but we have been able to maintain those numbers and I think we have the respect of those people, even if we disagree they are still fighting for what we believe in."
(Julie Ellingson / NDSA Executive Director) "A lot of our emphasis has been on being a regulatory watch dog, legislative voice whether it be in the state capitol or the nation's capitol and really doing the behind scenes work so ranchers are concentrate on raising quality cattle and providing a safe wholesome product."
Some current work of the association includes fighting the waters of the U.S. proposal.
As well as working to increase the number of dollars put toward the Beef Check-Off.
Work and time Zahn says is well spent, fighting for the more than 3-thousand fellow cattlemen.
(Jason Zahn / NDSA President) "It's been a very rewarding experience, it's taken a lot of time away from home, but I wouldn't trade it for anything."
The Stockmen's Association is hosting Spring Roundups throughout the week across the state.
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