Jorgensen Land & Cattle Awarded Form-A-Feed Outstanding Cattleman of the Year Award

Posted: October 16, 2020

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IDEAL, SD – Jorgensen Land & Cattle of Ideal, SD was awarded the 2020 Form-A-Feed Outstanding Cattleman of the Year Award.  The Jorgensen’s were honored with this award at their First Annual Smart Bull Production Sale on October 2, 2020.

This is the 6th year that Form-A-Feed has awarded an Outstanding Cattleman of the Year Award, normally awarded at the Form-A-Feed beef conference which was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  To quality for this award, a Form-A-Feed representative must nominate a recipient for their commitment and involvement in the cattle industry, community and country.

For over 100 years, four-generations of the Jorgensen family have sought to improve their land, cattle, crop genetics, and the lives of their family, as well as the families near them. Today, the 3rd and 4th generations of the Jorgensen family, Greg, Nick, Cody, Bryan, and Brenda, continue the legacy of innovation through farming and cattle operations.

The Jorgensen’s community involvement reaches people throughout the state of South Dakota and beyond.

  • Martin Jorgensen, Jr. was instrumental in the formation of the Tripp County Water Users District, bringing high quality rural water to areas in northern Tripp County. Bryan Jorgensen still sits on that board of directors today. The organization now brings water to three counties in western South Dakota, providing a higher quality of life and enabling the animal feeding industry to thrive.
  • The Jorgensen’s were one of the first families to adopt no-till farming practices in 1990. In 2015, they were awarded the Leopold Award for Soil Conservation.
  • Locally, the Jorgensen’s are very involved in their church and the Winner School District.

“The Jorgensen’s were awarded the 2020 Outstanding Cattleman Award because of their tireless and selfless commitment to the beef industry.  Their innovative approach to the advancement of profitable and sustainable beef production creates a model for the industry.

Through their efforts in the past and the present, they have paved the way for future generations to survive and thrive in the production of the highest quality protein for humanity – beef!” explained Russ Williams, Form-A-Feed nutrition and production specialist for the Jorgensen’s. “In addition to their efforts in the business, they have been generous and instrumental in improving the quality of life for the entire community. Their devotion of time and resources have been instrumental on positively changing the future for countless people.”


Each year, the Form-A-Feed Outstanding Cattleman Award winners select a person or organization from their community who they would like to ‘pay it forward’ to with the monetary Ron Noren Award. This year, Jorgensen Land & Cattle chose the Winner School District. The money will be used to help the school district fund the cost of cleaning supplies and equipment they may need to help students and staff stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ron Noren Award is not only a monetary award designed to give back to the community, but it is also an award to honor the memory of the late Ron Noren, a former Form-A-Feed employee who passed away in 2013.


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