South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke issued the following statement about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposal to relax restrictions on imports of animal products from Brazil.
USDA has announced a Request for Referendum to be held May 5, 2014, through May 30, 2014, in county USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices.
The Act requires that a request for referendum be held every five years following the initial referendum. The previous request for referendum was held in 2009. Only eligible soybean producers wishing to request a referendum on the Order participate. Those producers who do not want a referendum on the Order would not participate. Participating in the request of referendum is voluntary. Eligible producers participating in the request for referendum must certify that they or the entity they are authorized to represent paid an assessment at some time during January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2013.
Three State Farmers Union Presidents, Farmers Union members and agricultural partners will meet with the Surface Transportation Board's Rail Customer and Public Assistance program (RCPA) at 1 p.m. CST, Tuesday, May 6, in Sioux Falls, S.D.