S.D. Farmers Union to Sen. Rounds: EPA must comply with will of Congress

Earlier this week S.D. Farmers Union President Doug Sombke called upon Senator Mike Rounds, a member of the Senate EPW Committee,  to urge EPA to abide by the will of Congress and comply with section 202(1) of the Clean Air Act. Sombke was motivated to write  by EPW Chairman John Barrosso’s recent letter to Pruitt criticizing […]

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2017 Policy Update

  S.D. Farmers Union members prepared for a busy year ahead at the 102nd annual state convention.  Up for discussion were 10 special orders of business that will guide Farmers Union grassroots policy and legislative efforts in 2018. Continue reading to find a description and explanation for each special order. Special Order #1: Trade Time […]

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102nd South Dakota Farmers Union Convention

S. D. Farmers Union’s 102nd State Convention is quickly approaching. We hope to see you all in attendance Thursday, Nov. 30 and Friday, Dec. 1, at the Crossroads Hotel in Huron. Festivities will be kicked off with the convention banquet and Torchbearer ceremony at noon Thursday. A variety of speakers and policy discussions are on the agenda […]

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A letter to the family farmer and rancher

Dear Family Farmers and Ranchers, This time of year you can’t drive through South Dakota and not think about farming or ranching: The thousands of acres being worked by generations of family farmers and ranchers just like your own, producing countless acres of corn and head of cattle, all for one important reason, to feed […]

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How ending Obamacare’s individual mandate will hurt rural America

How ending Obamacare’s individual mandate will hurt rural America Senate tax reform plans have extended to include the repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance mandate. In short, the mandate works as a requirement for most people to have health insurance. Without the mandate individuals will drop their coverage, leaving market stability and policy […]

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New Legislation: What you need to know about the Young and Beginning Farmers Act

What is it? A bipartisan bill introduced by Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney, NY-18 and Ryan Costello, PA-6, on Nov. 4. Why is it relevant? Now more than ever, young farmers and ranchers are struggling to get their foot in the door of agriculture. The average age of farmers in the U.S. is 60 years old […]

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Three Ways Jr. REAL Creates Community Leaders

Junior Rural Economics and Leadership (Jr. REAL) is an innovative leadership development program that invests in high school juniors and seniors and presents a comprehensive one-day seminar to students from various high schools in different locations across South Dakota. Student participants engage in hands-on exercises focused on leadership development, credit issues and identity theft, life […]

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SDFU Honors Cancer Awareness Month with H.O.P.E.S. Bags

The motivation behind the launch of H.O.P.E.S. (Helping Our People Encourage Survivors) was more than just a way to recognize October’s Cancer Awareness Month. For SDFU and its staff, it was a way to reach out to members and show them that that they are not alone during their fight. “In the course of a […]

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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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