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Montana Stockgrowers Association elects new leadership

-- HELENA, Mont. - Steve Roth was named president of the Montana Stockgrowers Association during the group's recent annual convention in Billings, Mont. Roth is a rancher from the Big Sandy, Mont., area who previously has served as a board member...

-- HELENA, Mont. - Steve Roth was named president of the Montana Stockgrowers Association during the group's recent annual convention in Billings, Mont. Roth is a rancher from the Big Sandy, Mont., area who previously has served as a board member, as well as both second and first vice president. He will serve a two-year term and succeeds outgoing President Bill Donald of Melville, Mont., who has served since December 2004. Also elected were Tom Hougen of Melstone, Mont., first vice president and Watty Taylor of Busby, Mont., second vice president. Steve Wilcox of Sheridan, Mont., was elected to represent the Western District, and Fred Finke of Big Sandy was elected to represent the North Central District. Both will serve two-year terms, with the option for re-election for another two-year term.

Durward Otterness honored-- FARGO, N.D. - Durward Otterness of Tower City, N.D., has been selected by the North Dakota State University Saddle and Sirloin Club as the 81st Little International Agriculturist of the Year. Otterness farms the land his grandparents purchased in 1903. He and his wife, Phyllis, have been married for 48 years. They have five children. They, along with their son, Duane, and his family, maintain a 30-head herd of registered Brown Swiss and do some grain farming. Otterness is involved in the North Dakota dairy industry and 4-H. He is a longtime member of the National Brown Swiss Association, Dairy Herd Improvement Association and the former Dairy Promotion Board. He has held officer positions for the State Brown Swiss Association and participated in the North Dakota State Dairy Show since it was started in 1947 and served as president for many years. He was recipient of the Milky Way award in 1997. Otterness and his wife received the North Dakota Farm Family Award in 1985. He was a member of the Barnes County Better Livestock 4-H Club when he received the Skelly Award of Outstanding Achievement and the Thomas E. Wilson Meat Animal Award. He was a leader of the Weimer Rustlers and later the Better Livestock 4-H Club for 42 years. He received the Pioneer 4-H Leader Award during this time. Otterness has been involved in past Little "I" competitions as a judge for the dairy classes and has sponsored dairy awards.

Digital Angel Corp. bolsters senior management team-- SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. - Digital Angel Corp. has made two senior hires to its management team. John L. Braly has been named vice president of business development and industry relations for the company's Animal Applications Division, and Patricia Petersen has been named as general counsel. Braly joins the company from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, where he most recently was vice president and head of membership. Before joining Digital Angel, Petersen was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Hollywood, Fla.-based Technical Olympic USA Inc.

- Agweek Wire Reports

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