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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The Rural Lobbyist: SB 130 Comes Back From the Dead, Grabs Attention of Ag Groups

Sometimes during legislative session bills will slip under the radar. This happens because many bills begin with simple intentions. These bills will quietly pass out of their house of origin and then BAM! All of the sudden all eyes are on a bill that everyone previously considered “clean-up” or “simple”. Such was the case with […]

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The Rural Lobbyist: SCR 14 Finds Overwhelming Support, Fuels Premium E-30 Debate

  Members of the House and Senate have sent a clear message to the office of the Governor with the passage of SCR 14, we want Premium E-30. To read an earlier post about SCR 14, including the resolution’s text, you can click here. Members in both houses voted overwhelmingly to support the use of […]

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The Rural Lobbyist: ADRDL Funding Discussion Heats Up As Session Comes to Close

As the final days of the 92nd Legislative Session draw near, we find ourselves with three bills that will most likely play a part in funding the new Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Lab. These bills will most likely be some of the last bills addressed and will also most likely spend time in conference […]

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The Rural Lobbyist: Senate Bill 66 Passes Final Hurdle, Awaits Governor’s Signature

There is a saying in golf, “it’s not about all of the shots you miss, it’s the one you make that keeps you coming back.” The same can be said for the legislative session. It’s a grueling few months where your friends can be enemies and enemies can be friends. You might support bills that […]

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The Rural Lobbyist: Senate Overwhelmingly Supports Use of Premium E-30 in State Fleet, House Up Next.

SDFU will be fueling the discussion for the advance of Premium E-30 with the introduction of Senate Concurrent Resolution 14. This resolution falls in line with SDFU policy passed at the last convention urging the Governor to fuel the state fleet with Premium E-30. The full text of the resolution can be found below: A […]

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The Rural Lobbyist: ADRDL Funding Takes New Shape With Current Proposal.

The search for $58 million continues as do the discussions on how to fund the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Lab. If you recall, I have posted a few different funding proposals already in previous editions of the Rural Lobbyist but none of those methods have found favor with a majority of members of the […]

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