South Dakota Farmers Union submitted comments discouraging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) from allowing the importation of beef from states in Brazil with a history of foot and mouth disease (FMD).
As President of South Dakota Farmers Union and a fourth generation family farmer from Conde, Doug Sombke advocates for South Dakota family farmers on a daily basis. April 9 he joined with agriculture leaders from across North America to celebrate family farmers worldwide and discuss the challenges and opportunities they face during the North American Continental Dialogue on Family Farming in Quebec as part of the United Nations' International Year of the Family Farming.
South Dakota Farmers Union President, Doug Sombke issued the following statement on U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's announcement that sign-up begins today for U.S. Department of Agriculture livestock disaster programs.
South Dakota's agriculture industry depends upon timely rail service to ship grain and other commodities to market and deliver fertilizer, feed and other inputs. Rail delays throughout the fall and winter brought South Dakota Farmers Union Marshall County President, DuWayne Bosse to Washington D.C. to testify before the Surface Transportation Board on behalf of South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) April 10.
The FFA chapter from Clark High School was the top scoring team during the fifth annual Team up to Safety quiz bowl competition held Monday, April 7, in Brookings. Sponsored by South Dakota Farmers Union, the quiz bowl was held in conjunction with the South Dakota State FFA convention held on the campus of South Dakota State University.
South Dakota Farmers Union members met with representatives from the Surface Transportation Board Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs and Compliance March 27 in Fargo to discuss concerns agricultural producers are facing with the delay in rail service across South Dakota.
Ranch families are invited to attend any of four community gatherings to be held in Eagle Butte, Union Center, Hermosa, and Interior on April 14 and 15. At each meeting, a free meal will be followed by presentations from Farm Service Agency (FSA) officials with details about the Livestock Disaster Program application process set to begin April 15.