Posts for March 2012

Farm Payments Bill Limits Excess, Closes Loopholes

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Legislation introduced today in Congress will put a cap on farm payments individual producers are eligible for and close loopholes in the current program. The measure, introduced by Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, would set a hard cap on combined farm payments of $250,000 for a married couple.

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South Dakotans Give Over $11,000 to Feeding America Buffett Challenge

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Farmers Union members from across the country have given over $55,000 to Feeding America, a nonprofit hunger relief organization, $50,000 of which will be matched by farmer and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett. South Dakota and its Farmers Union members contributed over $11,200 to the effort. 138 individuals across South Dakota donated to the challenge.

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NFU Delegates Pass Special Order Calling for Beef Checkoff Reform

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Delegates to the 110th anniversary convention of the National Farmers Union being held at La Vista, Neb., have passed a special order of business calling for major changes in the national beef checkoff program. The special order originated from South Dakota Farmers Union which passed a similar measure last month at its state convention.

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NFU President Roger Johnson Re-elected to Two-Year Term

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National Farmers Union delegates voted unanimously today to re-elect President Roger Johnson and Vice President Claudia Svarstad to their respective offices during the organization’s 110th Anniversary Convention at La Vista, Neb., a suburb of Omaha. Elections for president and vice president are held every two years.

 

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Growth Energy's Tom Buis Addresses NFU Convention

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Tom Buis, the CEO of Growth Energy, an ethanol advocacy group, says biofuels production brings an incredible opportunity to the U.S.

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NYAC Member Mason Farber Addresses National Convention

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Britton native Mason Farber addressed the National Farmers Union convention Tuesday being held in the Omaha suburb of La Vista, Neb. Farber, a freshman at South Dakota State University, is a member of the NFU's National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC). 

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Secretary Vilsack to Congress: Pass Farm Bill in 2012

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"We've got to have a farm bill this year. Congress has to act this year." Those were the strong words of USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Monday at the National Farmers Union convention being held in Omaha, Neb.

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National Farmers Union Convention Begins in Omaha

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The National Farmers Union's 110th anniversary convention began Sunday evening in Omaha, Neb. It's the first NFU convention in the state of Nebraska since 1973.

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