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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Sock It To ‘Em: SDSGA Introduces Bikers to Wool

SD Sheep Growers Association Introduces Bikers to Lamb and Wool The population of the South Dakota’s Black Hills swells considerably each year during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which provided the perfect opportunity for area ranchers to introduce bikers to American lamb and wool. The South Dakota Sheep Growers Association did just that on August 8th, […]

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Product of the U.S.A: Why Does the USDA Allow False Advertising for Meat?

When I buy steak or burger, I always look for the Product of the U.S.A label. So, I’m buying U.S. beef right? Well, in truth, the Product of the U.S.A. label doesn’t mean much. Meat from foreign countries, like Mexico, Argentina and Canada, inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) can carry this label. […]

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A Heartwarming Bacon Day Story

As our South Dakota State Fair wraps up, I am thinking of all the youth who showed animals this year who will soon be selling them.  An article from Columbus, Indiana recently ran in the local paper.  Following is an excerpt, and a nice reminder of all the hard work that our 4-H and FFA […]

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State Fair Time: Educating Consumers, Producers and Youth

Hundreds of people will fill the State Fair tent near the Freedom Stage to enjoy the Farmer’s Share Lunch during Farmers Union Day at the SD State Fair. People enjoy the barbecue pork sandwiches, chips, beans and milk, but it is also a chance for Farmers Union to educate consumers about the ‘Farmer’s Share’ of […]

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Having “The Talk” With Your Kids

We had to have “the ATV talk” the other night.  My 5 year old was talking ATVs like he was planning to go out and take a spin around the section.  I’m quite sure he knows how.  I asked him if he could touch his feet to the foot rests when he’s on the seat.  […]

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Land Sales: Another Farmer Goes Under

  There’s a land auction happening as this is being written.  Not my land. Or my extended family’s land.  But land in my community.  And whether people want to talk about it or not, this sale affects each member of the community.  It’s a reminder that our farms are in the balance.  Another reminder that […]

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Cones, Signs, and Waiting

Wood stakes with numbers on them run on a portion of the road I drive daily.  A quiet reminder that soon road construction will begin and I will be enduring the extra hassles and delays of road repair.  The road needs it.  It’s cracked, bumpy and irritating.  I’m glad my tax dollars are going toward […]

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Is Your Pizza Safe: Thoughts On Ergot and Food Safety

One of the best pizzas I’ve ever experience was hand-made in a HUGE, central, wood-fire oven.  The flavor was like nothing I’d experience before.   It made me want one of those brick ovens, decorated with those same colorful ceramic tiles – in my house… and that pizza recipe. Did you know that North Dakota is […]

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Pet Chickens

I just read where you can order a diaper online for your pet chicken.  It’s amazing to what extent people will go for a pet.  This makes me think about all those adorable animals that are getting groomed and trained for 4-H, in hopes of earning the coveted purple ribbon at achievement days or the […]

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