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South Dakota Farmers Union Celebrates the Clark Ranch Family

August 24, 2015

Celebrating a century of service to South Dakota's farm and ranch families, throughout 2015, South Dakota Farmers Union highlights members who farm or ranch with their families each month. This month, South Dakota Farmers Union features the Clark family who ranch 40 miles southeast of Lemmon.

 by Lura Roti, for South Dakota Farmers Union

 Middle of Nowhere might be the best way to describe the location of Pat and Barb Clark's ranch, which is located on native rangeland 40 miles southeast of Lemmon and 30 miles east of Meadow.

 Homesteaded in 1915 by his grandfather, Avery Clark, and great-uncle, Harry, the Clarks, along with their children, Tayte, 21; Trig, 19; Cassidy, 15; and Teigan, 14; raise cattle, hay and somehow make time for their hobby of rodeo.

 "I tell people I love my job. Ranching is what I always wanted to do. It's been my dream since I was a little kid," Pat, 52, explains. "I've always enjoyed livestock and working with horses."

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Last Modified: 08/24/2015 3:02:56 pm MDT


Farmers Union 2015 Rural Dakota Pride Honorees

August 24, 2015

Each year, South Dakota Farmers Union recognizes individuals who give back to their communities with the Rural Dakota Pride Award. To meet the 2015 honorees, attend the recognition ceremony held Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. on the Freedom Stage at the S.D. State Fair.

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Last Modified: 08/24/2015 7:46:08 am MDT


Farmers Union Celebrates Another Successful Camp Season

August 24, 2015

More than 1,729 rural youth, ages 6 to 18, learned about cooperatives, developed leadership skills and celebrated South Dakota's agriculture industry together by attending a Farmers Union County, District or State camp this summer.

 "Camps are a wonderful way for S.D. Farmers Union to fulfill our commitment to providing rural youth with leadership education, as well as exposure to farm safety information and a clear understanding of the role cooperatives play in South Dakota's rural communities," says Bonnie Geyer, S.D. Farmers Union Education Director.

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Last Modified: 08/24/2015 7:31:06 am MDT


S.D. Farmers Union Celebrates Rural Youth, Community Heroes and 100 Years of Service During the 2015 S.D. State Fair

August 14, 2015

South Dakota Farmers Union celebrates 100 years of service to South Dakota's rural communities and farm and ranch families during Farmers Union Day held Sept. 5 during the 2015 South Dakota State Fair in Huron.

 "The State Fair is South Dakota's agricultural showcase. It's the place where the families, businesses and organizations who make up our state's number one industry gather to celebrate the best of the best. Farmers Union is proud to be a premiere sponsor of this event," said Doug Sombke, President of South Dakota Farmers Union.

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Last Modified: 08/14/2015 7:36:15 am MDT


Enroll in the 2015-2016 Rural Economic & Leadership Development Program Today

August 6, 2015

Farmers Union Rural Economic and Leadership (REAL) Development Program is looking for committed leaders from farms, ranches and rural communities across South Dakota to enroll in the 2015-2016 class. "Farmers Union is committed to developing leaders within rural communities," explains Erin Wilcox, SDFU Rural Development Coordinator of the program Farmers Union sponsors. "Whether you are interested in serving as a board member, thinking about participating in local or state politics or taking the next step personally or professionally, REAL is designed to help individuals advance their leadership and communication skills."

 

In its seventh year, REAL was designed to fill a void many working on farms, ranches or for small rural businesses experience. "Here's the thing, those working in corporate America often have access to professional development training sponsored by their companies. Small businesses or family farming or ranching operations in South Dakota don't have the capital to invest in this type of training, so Farmers Union developed REAL," says Doug Sombke, SDFU President.

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Last Modified: 08/06/2015 7:24:50 am MDT


Randy & Mary Ellen Cammack will Represent South Dakota for the 2015-2016 Farmers Union Enterprise Couples Leadership Program

August 6, 2015

Ranching together for almost 40 years, Mary Ellen and Randy Cammack look forward to sharing a bit of what they've learned with younger couples as well as gaining knowledge they can bring back to their Sturgis ranch through their participation in the 2015-2016 Farmers Union Enterprise Couples Leadership Program.

 "History does repeat itself and we¹ve learned a lot over the years which we can share. And, we still have more to learn from others," Mary Ellen says

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Last Modified: 08/06/2015 7:23:29 am MDT


Farmers Union: An Advocate for Ethanol Since the Beginning

August 6, 2015

Although his corn has a ways to grow before harvest 2015, like most corn farmers, Orrie Swayze knows where his crop will go once it leaves his Wilmot farm.


"Most all of my corn goes into ethanol. Our local elevator supplies a local plant," says Swayze, 71, who only farms part-time these days, entrusting most of the fieldwork to his son, Patrick. 

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Last Modified: 08/06/2015 7:19:22 am MDT


2015-2016 Farmers Union Junior Advisory Council Members Selected to Serve

August 6, 2015

During the 2015 Farmers Union State Leadership Camp, a six member Junior Advisory Council was selected by the youth and Education Council to serve as leaders, role models and representatives in planning and conducting the 2016 State Leadership Camp.

 

The 2015-2016 Junior Advisory Council (JAC), who were announced during State Camp, include: Windsor Barry, Carter; Jesse Carlson, Seneca; Kylee DeBoer, Tripp; Tess Heidenreich, Faulkton; Kaden Kummer, Parkston; and Jeana Nuss, Tripp.

In addition to coordinating, implementing and directing State Camp, these individuals participate in a number of leadership development opportunities throughout the year. They are involved in activities such as serving as a page at the Farmers Union State Convention, helping with Farmers Union events across South Dakota and assisting the State Education Director with promotion of education programs.

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Last Modified: 08/06/2015 7:20:51 am MDT


$5,000 Donated to Farmers Union Foundation Endowment

August 3, 2015

Each year, more than 3,000 rural youth participate in Farmers Union education programming. To help fund that programming, Gene Hammond recently donated $5,000 to the Farmers Union Foundation endowment.

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Last Modified: 08/03/2015 10:49:22 am MDT


Farmers Union: An Advocate for Ethanol Since the Beginning

August 3, 2015

Farmers Union: An Advocate for Ethanol Since the Beginning

Although his corn has a ways to grow before harvest 2015, like most corn farmers, Orrie Swayze knows where his crop will go once it leaves his Wilmot farm.

“Most all of my corn goes into ethanol. Our local elevator supplies a local plant,” says Swayze, 71, who only farms part-time these days, entrusting most of the fieldwork to his son, Patrick.

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Last Modified: 08/03/2015 10:28:48 am MDT