Posts for April 2012

Labor Department Abandons Plan to Regulate Farm Youth Workers

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor yesterday announced it was abandoning efforts to change rules governing youth who work in agriculture.

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Livestock Disaster Protection Act Would Give Producers Much Needed Safety Net

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South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke today praised an effort led by Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., to protect livestock producers through the new farm bill who become victims of disaster. Rep. Noem has introduced the Livestock Disaster Protection Act which would implement permanent baseline funding over the next five years of the farm bill to reimburse producers who lose animals due to adverse weather conditions.

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Senate Committee Working on Farm Bill, NFU Makes Recommendations

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National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson sent a letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Ranking Member Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Tuesday, praising their work on the 2012 Farm Bill while also urging them to strengthen certain programs within the legislation.

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Lyman, Brookings, Wolsey-Wessington, Lennox Advance to Quiz Bowl Finals

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The FFA chapter from Lyman High School was the top scoring team during the semifinal round of the third annual Team up to Safety quiz bowl competition sponsored by South Dakota Famers Union.

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Teams Set for Annual 'Team up to Safety' Quiz Bowl Competition

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The third annual 'Team up to Safety' quiz bowl competition, sponsored by South Dakota Farmers Union, will be held Monday, April 16, on the campus of South Dakota State University.

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Farmer-owned Reserve Would Preserve Farm Income, Decrease Market Volatility

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National Farmers Union (NFU) has released the final report from a study by the University of Tennessee Agricultural Policy Analysis Center on the effects that a Market-Driven Inventory System (MDIS) would have on U.S. agriculture. Phase I of the study, released in September 2011, examines the effects MDIS would have had on extreme crop price volatility and government payments from 1998 to 2010, while Phase II reviews the effects of MDIS from 2012 to 2021.

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