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South Dakota State University Agriculture Economics Graduate Student is Recipient of the $2,500 Farmers Union Foundation Scholarship

July 28, 2014

College isn't cheap. Expenses could have stopped Melinda Sommer from going on to pursue a master's degree in Agriculture Economics, but thanks to the $2,500 Farmers Union Foundation Scholarship and a graduate assistantship, the Fairfax, Minn., farm girl can focus on furthering her education and not worry about sinking deeper into debt.

"This scholarship really helps me because I already have four years of college loans to pay back. It allows me to be more focused on my studies and not stress out about part-time jobs," said Sommer, who is on an accelerated track, and will earn her masters in Agriculture Economics within a year.

The Farmers Union Foundation Scholarship is designed to help retain talent in South Dakota to support South Dakota's agriculture industry. It is open to students from South Dakota, pursuing a graduate degree in research, animal science, agriculture business or agriculture education at an accredited South Dakota school.

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Last Modified: 07/28/2014 8:05:04 am MDT


South Dakota Farmers Union to host Dr. Temple Grandin in Watertown Aug. 5

July 17, 2014

South Dakota Farmers Union will host Raising the Best: Livestock Husbandry and Handling for Today's Market with Dr. Temple Grandin, on Tuesday, August 5 in Watertown during the 2014 Codington County 4-H Achievement Days. 

The program will begin with Dr. Grandin at 10:30 a.m. CDT at the Codington County Extension Complex. Following Dr. Grandin's presentation, SDSU Extension livestock Specialists will lead a panel discussion on specific livestock husbandry practices and livestock handling equipment. The workshop will conclude at 12:30 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public. 

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Two South Dakota Youth Named to Farmers Union National Youth Advisory Council

July 3, 2014

Two South Dakota teens, Chris Nemec, Holabird and Dayton Trujillo, De Smet were elected by their peers to serve on the National Farmers Union Youth Advisory Council during the National Farmers Union's (NFU) All-States Leadership Camp, held in Bailey, Colo. 

 "We couldn't be more proud of Chris and Dayton. They have both been actively involved in South Dakota Farmers Union youth educational programs since before they were first graders. We have watched them grow into young leaders who have a heart for their community and the industry of agriculture," said Doug Sombke, South Dakota Farmers Union President. 

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Youth Develop Leadership Skills during South Dakota Farmers Union 2014 State Leadership Camp

July 2, 2014

Rural youth from 27 counties across South Dakota attended the South Dakota Farmers Union 2014 State Leadership Camp held at Storm Mountain Center just outside Rapid City.

During the week-long camp youth who have completed the seventh grade through high school developed leadership and communication skills as they organize and operate five cooperative businesses.

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South Dakota Farmers Union Supports Surface Transportation Announcement

June 25, 2014

A recent Surface Transportation Board directive to Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway Company and BNSF Railway Company will help ship South Dakota 2013commodities to market, in time for 2014 harvest said Doug Sombke, President of South Dakota Farmers Union. 

"Currently there is such a backlog of grain waiting to be shipped by rail that if we don't push these railways to provide service to South Dakota grain elevators we won't have room for the upcoming harvest," Sombke said.

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SDFU to host Dr. Temple Grandin in Rapid City and Watertown

June 2, 2014

South Dakota Farmers Union will host two workshops, Raising the Best: Livestock Husbandry and Handling for Today's Market with Dr. Temple Grandin, on Tuesday, July 1 in Rapid City and on Tuesday, August 5 in Watertown.

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Barnyard to Boatyard Conservation Exchange

May 29, 2014

South Dakota Farmers Union, in conjunction with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership is offering the second annual Barnyard to Boatyard Conservation Exchange for Farmers Union members.

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Sombke Issues Statement Following BSE Confirmation in Brazil

May 16, 2014

South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke issued the following statement about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposal to relax restrictions on imports of animal products from Brazil.

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Soybean Request for Referendum

May 9, 2014

USDA has announced a Request for Referendum to be held May 5, 2014, through May 30, 2014, in county USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices.

The Act requires that a request for referendum be held every five years following the initial referendum. The previous request for referendum was held in 2009. Only eligible soybean producers wishing to request a referendum on the Order participate. Those producers who do not want a referendum on the Order would not participate. Participating in the request of referendum is voluntary. Eligible producers participating in the request for referendum must certify that they or the entity they are authorized to represent paid an assessment at some time during January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2013.

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Farmers Union Presidents to meet with Surface Transportation Board Officials

May 6, 2014

Three State Farmers Union Presidents, Farmers Union members and agricultural partners will meet with the Surface Transportation Board's Rail Customer and Public Assistance program (RCPA) at 1 p.m. CST, Tuesday, May 6, in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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Last Modified: 06/25/2014 12:22:02 pm MDT