Farmers who sell to grain buyers and grain warehouses will be better protected under a measure being debated in the Legislature this year. That’s according to Public Utilities Commission Vice Chairman Chris Nelson who spoke about House Bill 1017 Tuesday during the South Dakota Farmers Union’s annual Legislative Day luncheon held in Pierre. The bill is in response to the financial failure of Anderson Seed Company’s plant in Redfield that never paid for millions of dollars in grain it stored at its warehouse. Commissioner Nelson spoke to a crowd of about 70 people which included South Dakota Farmers Union members and a large group of legislators.
Livestock disaster and other vital programs for South Dakota agricultural producers are in jeopardy because of the lack of a long-term farm bill. That’s according to South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem who spoke to a crowd of about 100 people Saturday at the Rapid City Civic Center during the annual Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo. The event was hosted by South Dakota Farmers Union and the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association. The space was donated by the Sutton Rodeo Company.
South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) and the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association (SDSA) will host United States Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., at the Black Hills Stockshow in Rapid City Saturday, Jan. 26, to discuss the federal farm bill.
Three South Dakota high school seniors will share $1,500 in scholarships awarded by the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation. The 2013 scholarship recipients include Myles Bialas, Dimock, S.D.; Maria Nightingale, White Lake, S.D.; and Nathan Nugteren, Canistota, S.D. Farmers Union Foundation scholarships have been awarded annually since 1961. Recipients are selected on the basis of organizational and community involvement, academic achievement, leadership activities and financial need.