Share the Road this Harvest Season

South Dakota Farmers Union would like to remind farmers and rural community members to keep their best safety practices in place this harvest season. As farmers are out working their fields, motorists are more likely to find themselves sharing the road with large farm equipment. For farmers and motorists, knowledge is key, when it comes […]

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Food Insecurity Hits Home in Rural South Dakota

Today in South Dakota, one in six children went to school hungry. These children come from food insecure homes, meaning they lack access to a consistent supply of food. It is hard to imagine children from rural communities, where agriculture is the soul of the economy, lacking access to the food produced around them. These […]

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From the Field: Farmers Are the Original Conservationists

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Farmers are the original conservationists, and no one knows the soil that sustains us better than the farmers who work it. Family farmers have a strong partner in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in supporting and coordinating efforts to protect our environment and shared […]

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From the Field: Farming is a Risky Business

By Matt Perdue, NFU Government Relations Representative Farming is a risky business. A sudden storm, enduring drought, or proliferation of crop disease can decimate a crop. Even when farmers produce a bumper crop, market downturns can still make it a struggle to make ends meet. In Montana’s “Golden Triangle,” farms of all sizes and types are […]

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Perdue Testifies on Depressed Rural Economy

By Skylar Schneider, NFU Executive Assistant Yesterday, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing on rural communities and agriculture, during which U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue provided an update on the state of the farm economy. In written testimony, he addressed the fact that, after a 50 percent decrease over the past four years, net farm […]

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Access To Markets: Why Media Matters in Agriculture

By Tommy Enright, Wisconsin Farmers Union Communications Associate Some farms garner a great deal of media attention while similar farms fly below the radar. Why is this? To be sure, there are farmers doing enough awesome things in their communities that people take notice. But more likely, they are good at marketing themselves. In my experience, […]

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Keep Safe. Keep Farming.

This planting season, South Dakota Farmers Union wants to remind all of our farmers and ranchers to stay safe and keep farming. Just because it has never happened does not mean it couldn’t. Here are a few easy tips to remember this planting season to keep safe and keep farming. Transport Safely: Be mindful as […]

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Predator Control Program

    With calving and lambing underway, GFP reminds livestock producers that they offer a predator control program and are available to assist producers with livestock protection requests and loss situations. Please contact your local GFP wildlife damage specialist for assistance.

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ACTION ALERT: Farmer Fair Practices Rules in Jeopardy at USDA

ACTION ALERT: Farmer Fair Practices Rules in Jeopardy at USDA In December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released rules that provide basic protections for livestock producers and poultry growers. These rules, known as the Farmer Fair Practices Rules, are being held up by the current administration, so we need your help to get these […]

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The Rural Lobbyist: SDFU Scores Key Victories in the 2017 Legislative Session.

South Dakota Farmers Union stayed busy this legislative session working on a number of legislative issues. These issues ranged from promoting the use of Premium E-30 to funding the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Lab. Fortunately, SDFU is able to boast a number of successes in this year’s efforts. There seemed to be a strong […]

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