Truth in Labeling – A Perfect Time to Share Our Story

By Brett Kenzy, Gregory cattle producer, posted November 14, 2018 Just a few weeks ago, I stood before the U.S. Department of Agriculture in D.C. to testify for clear, unambiguous labeling of meat. We asked that the USDA and Food Safety Inspection Service not to allow lab-cultured protein to be labeled as meat. Before I […]

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Harvest Lunches Are Good for the Soul

As the old saying goes, the way to a “farmer’s heart is through their belly.” (OK, a little different than the original, but you get the point.) Making sure producers feel appreciated is the goal of South Dakota Farmers Union annual harvest lunch program, it’s one way we can say ‘thank you’ to South Dakota […]

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Prime Rib from a Petri Dish???

  By Doug Sombke, President of South Dakota Farmers Union & fourth-generation Conde, S.D., cattle producer (Oct. 17, 2018) The U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently deciding whether or not to allow lab-cultured protein to be labeled as meat. “Really?” you may ask. “This could mean that I could buy a product labeled as hamburger […]

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Cooperatives Remain Relevant to South Dakotans

By Doug Sombke, President SDFU, October 9, 2018 Supporting the cooperative mission by providing policy support as well as cooperative education to rural youth has been a large focus of South Dakota Farmers Union for more than a century. It continues today because cooperatives remain relevant to South Dakota’s rural communities, farmers and ranchers, serving […]

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Cooperative Model Relevant Today

In light of Cooperative Month, SD Farmers Union decided to check in and see how things are going for Agtegra, since the February 2018 unification of two legacy-rich, farmer-owned cooperatives – South Dakota Wheat Growers and North Central Farmers Elevator. The cooperative model is proving itself during these tough times in agriculture, says Board President […]

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An Empty Chair is Difficult to Visit With

By Doug Sombke, SDFU President, September 27, 2018 When I saw Representative Noem represented by an empty chair during the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations Candidate Forum last Friday, it didn’t surprise me. In my experience, Kristi Noem does not show up. Let me explain. Agriculture is our state’s number one industry, and yet, […]

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Join & Make Your Voice Be Heard … AND Enter a Drawing for $500

Farming, ranching and operating rural businesses is labor-intensive, time-consuming work. So, even though times are tough, we understand that its difficult for you to find the time to let your voice be heard. That’s one of many reasons South Dakota Farmers Union exists – to give YOU a voice. Now, sometimes we need help, and […]

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Share Your Story Today

Post by: Doug Sombke, SDFU President & Conde farmer Just this morning a local banker stopped by to visit about the impact tariffs, on top of the already low markets, are having on his clients. What he shared with me, lines up with the impacts on our family’s farm as well as what I have […]

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South Dakota Farmers Union Recognizes Farm Safety Year-Round

In recognition of National Farm Safety & Health Week South Dakota Farmers Union Farm Safety trailer will be making stops at area schools to provide hands-on farm safety education. “Agriculture remains one of the deadliest U.S. occupations, with fatality rates higher than mining and construction. This is the reason farm safety education is a strong […]

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Farmers Paychecks Cut

By Doug Sombke, SDFU President & fourth generation farmer September 6 the USDA released a report indicating farm income is expected to decrease another $9.8 billion, or 13 percent, in 2018. OK, this does not come as a surprise. Commodity markets remain low. We’re in the midst of a Trade War – undermining years of […]

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