Posts for February 2012

Farmers Union Delegates Call for Major Changes to Beef Check Off

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Delegates attending the 97th annual state convention of the South Dakota Farmers Union passed a special order of business calling for some major changes in the national beef check off program.

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Farmers Union Honors Brad McCoy with Co-op Partner Award

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South Dakota Farmers Union has honored Brad McCoy, general manager of Beresford’s Farmers Cooperative Elevator, with the family farm organization’s Cooperative Partner Award. McCoy was honored Friday, Feb. 17 during the Farmers Union’s 97th annual state convention at Huron. FCE of Beresford is an 84-year-old cooperative which supplies seed, liquid and dry fertilizer, chemical and anhydrous ammonia, and it is a federally licensed grain warehouse.

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Reis, Petik, Sumption Receive President's Awards

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South Dakota Farmers Union has honored John Sumption, of Frederick, Jerry Petik, of Meadow, and Brad Reis, of Hamill, with the organization’s President’s Award. They received the award Friday, Feb. 17 during the Farmers Union’s 97th annual state convention at Huron.

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Neuberger Given Farmers Union's Top Honor: Meritorious Service Award

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Tom Neuberger, of rural Canistota, is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award from the South Dakota Farmers Union. It’s the highest award given by the nearly 100-year-old family farm organization. Neuberger was honored Friday during the Farmers Union’s 97th annual state convention at Huron.

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Riter, Winchester Given Farm & Ranch News Award

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Argus Leader reporter Cody Winchester and WNAX Radio's Assistant Farm Director Tom Riter are the recipients of the 2011 Farm and Ranch News Award from the South Dakota Farmers Union.

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Sumpter Receives Minnie Lovinger Esteemed Educator Award

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Longtime Haakon County educator Marsha Sumpter, of Philip, was presented with the Minnie Lovinger Esteemed Educator Award during opening day activities at the 97th annual South Dakota Farmers Union Convention Feb. 17 at Huron.

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USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Tonsager Addresses SDFU Convention

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The head of United States Department of Agriculture's Office of Rural Development, Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager, addressed Farmers Union members during the state convention banquet Saturday at Huron.

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Convention Opens with Sec. Bones, Features Jolene Brown, Policy Discussion and More

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South Dakota’s number one industry has made huge strides recently because of high commodity prices, rising land prices and new technologies, but faces several challenges including animal activist groups and water drainage issues. That was the message from South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones in his address to members of the South Dakota Farmers Union Friday at the family farm organization’s 97th annual state convention at Huron.

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Farmers Union State Convention Begins Friday

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The 97th annual state convention of the South Dakota Farmers Union will be called to order Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Huron Event Center, Huron, S.D.

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Senate Panel Approves Watershed Districts Bill

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The South Dakota Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee today gave unanimous support to a bill that would create certain watershed districts in the James River valley to deal with continued water problems caused by increased moisture in the state over the past few years. Senate Bill 169 was passed this morning by a vote of 9-0 in the Senate committee.

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Department of Labor to 'Re-propose' Farm Child Labor Rules

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The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that they will "re-propose" rules governing youth workers on farms and ranches because of the comments individuals and organizations made on the merits of the proposed rules. Several lawmakers in Washington also weighed in and urged the department to abandon certain rules that would hurt agriculture.

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