South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke is calling for quick approval of S. 3231, the Grow Renewable Energy from Ethanol Naturally Jobs Act of 2010, or the GREEN Jobs Act of 2010, introduced earlier this week in the United States Senate by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Kent Conrad (D-ND). S. 3231 mirrors bipartisan legislation introduced last month in the House by Congressmen Earl Pomeroy (D-North Dakota) and John Shimkus (R-Illinois). South Dakota’s entire Congressional delegation has signed on to the proposals as cosponsors.
South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) hosted the first "Team Up to Safety" Quiz Bowl competition Monday, April 19, on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings. The competition was held during the annual state FFA convention held at the SDSU campus.
Consumers in South Dakota’s largest city now have the opportunity to access mid-level blends of ethanol. Sioux Falls’ first ethanol blender pump is now open for business at the corner of Cliff Avenue and Benson Road. King’s Mart, a Sinclair filling station which now offers E10, E30, and E85, held a blender pump grand opening and ribbon cutting Monday, April 12, and gave big discounts on its ethanol blends.
South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke has expressed his disappointment in the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) vote Thursday, April 8, to send the full portion of the state beef check-off to the Federation of Beef Councils after the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) decision to restructure its governance structure. The NCBA serves as the independent contractor managing the use of a portion of states’ $1.00 per head of cattle beef check-off funds. The Federation of State Beef Councils, which the SDBIC is a member of, is made up of beef councils from across the country and is overseen by the NCBA. The SDBIC has the choice whether or not to send a portion of its check-off dollars to the Federation of State Beef Councils, and yesterday they voted to send the money rather than keep it in South Dakota.
Craig Schaunaman, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in South Dakota announced that the state of South Dakota has been approved for pasture grazing loss assistance under the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP) as a result of grasshopper infestation during the 2009 grazing season.