NFU Praises Bipartisan Senate STB Reform Bill Introduction

September 15, 2014

National Farmers Union (NFU) praised Sens. Thune (R-SD) and Rockefeller (D-WV) for the introduction of a bipartisan bill that would improve the functioning of the Surface Transportation Board and ensure that the agency is more responsive to the needs of its many customers.

“I commend Chairman Rockefeller and Ranking Member Thune for addressing this important issue on behalf of our family farmers and their cooperatives’ shipping commodities,” said Doug Sombke, chairman of NFU’s legislative committee and president of South Dakota Farmers Union. “After several STB hearings throughout the past year it's extremely gratifying to know STB and the U.S. Congress are listening to our concerns,” he said.

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Last Modified: 09/15/2014 11:41:37 am MDT

South Dakotans Heading to Washington Sept. 6-10 for National Farmers Union Fly-In

September 2, 2014

More than two dozen South Dakotans will travel to the Nation's capital Sept. 6-10 to visit with lawmakers about issues important to South Dakota's farmers and ranchers.

South Dakota Farmers Union members will join with hundreds of agriculture producers from across the nation as part of the National Farmers Union 2014 Fly-In.

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Last Modified: 09/02/2014 10:34:41 am MDT

South Dakota Farmers Union Celebrates Local Heroes with Rural Dakota Pride Awards

September 2, 2014

Today South Dakota Farmers Union recognized five South Dakotans for giving back to their rural communities with the Rural Dakota Pride Award.

"One survives with the other," said Karla Hofhenke, South Dakota Farmers Union Executive Director, of the integral connection between those who work in South Dakota's number one industry and their rural communities. "Without thriving communities, it's difficult to encourage young people to return to their family's farm or ranch. Rural communities are key to the future of South Dakota's agriculture industry; which is why we like to recognize those individuals who help them thrive."

Selected through a nomination process, the 2014 Rural Dakota Pride Award recipients include: Cindy Wilk, Huron; Jeff Kieser, Wessington Springs; Alan Vedvei, Lake Preston; Nick Nemec, Holabird; and John Wheeting, Groton.

Read on to learn how these individuals contribute to their rural communities.

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Last Modified: 09/02/2014 10:32:11 am MDT

.34 Cents for Lunch! State Fair Farmers Share Luncheon Informs Public on What South Dakota Farmers & Ranchers Really Earn

September 2, 2014

Pushing a shopping cart through the grocery aisle, who hasn't felt sticker shock from time to time?

Fairgoers had an opportunity to learn just how much of that price tag South Dakota's farmers and ranchers take home after harvesting the crops or livestock they raise during Saturday's Farmers Share Luncheon hosted by South Dakota Farmers Union during the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.

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Last Modified: 09/02/2014 10:22:12 am MDT

South Dakota Farmers Union Donates $25,000 for New 4-H Building on State Fair Grounds

September 2, 2014

South Dakota Farmers Union affirms its commitment to youth and agriculture through a $25,000 donation to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation for the construction of the new 4-H complex on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.

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Celebrate Farmers Union Day at the South Dakota State Fair August 30

August 13, 2014

As a premiere sponsor of the South Dakota State Fair, S.D. Farmers Union invites fairgoers to help them celebrate Farmers Union Day at the State Fair Aug. 30, 2014.

"This is South Dakota\'s largest agriculture fair, we are excited to help celebrate South Dakota's number one industry," said Doug Sombke, President of South Dakota Farmers Union.

The day-long celebration is packed with awards, scholarships, Farm Safety FFA Quiz Bowl Championship and a Farmers Share Luncheon which is free and designed to share the truth about how much farmers receive for the groceries we see at local retailers.

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Last Modified: 08/13/2014 12:08:49 pm MDT

South Dakota Farmers Union Hosts Farm Bill Meetings Across South Dakota

August 13, 2014

South Dakota Farmers Union will host Farm Bill Meetings across South Dakota in partnership with U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency.

The meetings will focus on the two commodity programs, Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC); which are included in the 2014 Farm Bill.

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to press on with finalizing the procedures for new commodity   programs   under   the   2014 Farm Bill and we want to ensure South Dakota's farmers and ranchers have the information they need," said Karla Hofhenke, SDFU Executive Director.

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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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