North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation welcomes three new directors
Three state cattle industry leaders have been named to the North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation Board of Directors.
The North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation (NDSF) has appointed three state cattle industry leaders to its Board of Directors, including Teresa Dvorak, of Manning; Jerry Effertz, of Velva; and Wendy Stuber, of Bowman.
The nonprofit charitable organization that was established in 2008, announced the three new directors in a press release on Nov. 23.
“We are excited to welcome Teresa, Jerry and Wendy to the board,” said NDSF President Dan Rorvig, a McVille rancher. “Their vast industry and community service experience and vision will be perfect complements to our group and will help the (North Dakota) Stockmen’s Foundation accomplish its mission.”
Stuber grew up on her family’s Hereford ranch in Slope County and currently resides north of Bowman. She has one son, Garrett (Sydnee), and two granddaughters, Blakelee and Brecklyn. Working as a receptionist at Prairie Dental, Inc., Stuber also serves as a District 4 trustee for the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame and a Southwest Healthcare Services director and is a member of the North Dakota Stockmen's Association (NDSA), American Hereford Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Bowman United Methodist Church.
As a third generation farmer and rancher, Effertz and his wife Norma have a Limousin operation, Effertz Black Butte Acres, near Velva. They have two daughters, Maria (Mike) Hanson and Kayla Effertz (Craig) Kleven, and four grandchildren, Wyatt, Elizabeth, Paisley and Garrett. According to the press release, Effertz is committed to industry service, having served as chairman of the NDSA's Seedstock Council, the North Dakota Beef Commission and the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education and in other leadership roles with the North Dakota State Fair, the Federation of State Beef Councils and the U.S. Meat Export Federation, among others. In 2017, he was recognized with the Top Hand Award — which is the most prestigious honor from the NDSA.
Near Manning, Dvorak ranches with her husband Weston and their four daughters, Audrey, Tessa, Landry and Layna. They have an Angus-based cowherd and backgrounding and heifer development feedlot. The Dvoraks also own a retail meat business, Dunn Burgers, and are partners in a meat processing facility, 6 in 1 Meats. Dvorak received her bachelor of science degree in animal science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and her master of science degree in ruminant nutrition from North Dakota State University.
The trio will fill the vacancies of Jeff Dahl of Gackle; Renee Erickson of Dickinson; and Mark Huseth of McLeod — who all completed three two-year terms on the NDSF board and were no longer eligible for re-appointment.
“The state’s cattle industry is better off because of the dedicated service of Jeff, Renee and Mark,” Rorvig said. “The perspective they brought and the guidance they provided over the last several years were invaluable and helped our charity make a difference in the lives of North Dakota cattle producers now and in the future.”
Since its inception, the NDSF has made significant contributions, which include: issuing 85 scholarships to the industry’s rising farmers; providing direct relief to producers devastated by relentless floods, blizzards, wildfires and drought; providing North Dakota beef to hungry families through a statewide food pantry; establishing a beef research fund to help keep producers on the cutting edge of science and technology; providing mental health resources to farm and ranch families as they navigated uncertain times; and helping develop curriculum to aid agriculturists with the generational transfer of their family businesses.
Looking ahead, the NDSF will host its biennial fundraiser, the Stockmen’s Ball, Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Ramkota in Bismarck. The event will include live and silent auctions, a prime rib supper, games and dancing to live music. Tickets are on sale now for $100 each by calling 701-223-2522. Only advanced tickets will be sold.