Posts for March 2010

SD State Lawmakers Pass Budget Bill

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It took them some extra time, but South Dakota’s state lawmakers have passed a budget for fiscal year 2011. In a late night vote last night (March 30) they passed a budget bill on a mostly party line vote. The Senate passed the budget on a vote of 20-14 (Click Here for the Senate Roll Call) and the House voted 44-25 to pass the budget (Click Here for the House Roll Call).

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SDFU Calls on Congress to Extend Federal Ethanol Tax Credits

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke is urging members of Congress to extend the 45 cents per gallon Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC), the 54 cents per gallon ethanol tariff, and the cellulosic tax credit which are set to expire at the end of the year.

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SDFU President Questions Lawsuits Against EPA, Health Care Reform

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke today questioned a pair of lawsuits initiated by South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley against the federal government.

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Governor Rounds Signs Wind Easement Compromise Bill

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Governor Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) has signed House Bill 1263 into law, the bill that revises certain provisions related to the terms of wind easements and wind energy leases.

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SDFU President Commends House of Representatives for Passing Health Care Reform

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke released the following statement after the  U.S. House of Representatives passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) bringing health care reform to America. President Obama signed the bill into law Tuesday.

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U.S. House Passes Health Care Reform

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National Farmers Union President (NFU) Roger Johnson commended the U.S. House of Representatives on the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) on the evening of March 21, 2010.

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Applications Available for $10,000 Ethanol Blender Pump Incentive Grants

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Eligible retail fuel stations may qualify for up to $10,000 per pump to help defray the cost of installing blender fuel pumps as part of the South Dakota Ethanol Blender Pump Incentive Grant Program, Governor Mike Rounds has announced.

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2009 SDFU Torchbearers Attend NFU Convention

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The South Dakota Farmers Union Education Program was well represented at the recent National Farmers Union Convention at Rapid City, SD.  Young people earned the trip as recognition of their status as Farmers Union Torchbearers.

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Large SD Delegation Attends NFU Convention at Rapid City

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) delegates were involved this week in policy discussions covering several issues like health care, climate change, taxes, and federal farm programs during the annual National Farmers Union (NFU) Convention being held in Rapid City, S.D. It’s the first time the 102 year-old farm organization’s national convention has been held in Rapid City. Sioux Falls hosted a NFU convention in the late 1990’s.

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Danni Beer, Linda Gilbert Appointed to CBB

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced 36 appointments to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board.  All appointees will serve 3-year terms beginning immediately. Two of the appointees are from South Dakota, Danni Beer of Keldron, and Linda Gilbert of Buffalo.

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