Posts for May 2011

NFU Urges Congress to Roll Back Cuts to Ag Programs

May 27, 2011

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson is urging Congress to restore funding to certain agriculture programs that were severely cut in the U.S. House of Representatives agriculture appropiations bill. In a letter to the House Appropriations Committee, Johnson said that the long-term costs of the cuts outweigh the short-term benefits. Under the proposed appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2012, agriculture's budget will have been cut 26-percent in the last two years.

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Cooperative Extension Service to Host Horticultural Crop Production Workshop

May 26, 2011

The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service will host a workshop on high tunnel production of horticultural crops June 20.  The program will begin at 9 a.m. at the Chester Community Center, 401 4th St. in Chester.

 

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ACTION ALERT: Make Your Voice Heard to Stop Cuts to Farm Ownership Loans

May 26, 2011

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee will soon release its proposed budget for the next fiscal year. Cuts are likely to be deep across the board, but one of the hardest hit areas may be the Agriculture Subcommittee.

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National Farmers Union Calls for GIPSA Rule to Go Forward

May 23, 2011

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson sent a letter to all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to continue implementing the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule. The letter was in response to a letter sent by some members of Congress to Secretary Vilsack on May 18 asking that the proposed GIPSA rule be scrapped and that a new rule be written.

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Sen. Johnson Co-Sponsors Bill to Protect Livestock Producers

May 20, 2011

U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Tim Johnson, D-S.D., Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Jon Tester, D-Mon., introduced a bill May 20, 2011 that would target unfair meat packer practices that negatively influence and impact independent ranchers and farmers.

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SDFU Board of Directors Votes to Support HB 1230 Petition Drive

May 20, 2011

The South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) Board of Directors has voted to support the ongoing petition drive which seeks to let the voters decide if House Bill 1230 should go into effect.

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SD Lawmakers Pass Budget Bill for FY 2011

May 5, 2011

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 (Senate Roll Call) and the House voted 44-25 to pass the budget (House Roll Call).

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SDFU President Urges Congress to Pass Ethanol Tax Credit Extensions

May 5, 2011

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 State Lawsuits Against EPA, Health Care Reform Bill

May 5, 2011

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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Gov. Rounds Signs Wind Easement Compromise Bill

May 5, 2011

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 on Health Reform

May 5, 2011

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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House Passes Health Care Reform

May 5, 2011

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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