Posts for May 2015

Farmers Union 2015 Camp Season Begins!

May 20, 2015

 The first time, Jason Hanson, 17, attended Farmers Union camp; he was holding his dad, Lorrie's hand.

 "It was important to dad that I attend camp because he grew up going to Farmers Union camp and wanted me to share in a similar experience," said Hanson, who will graduate from Britton/Hecla High School this May and plans to attend North Dakota State University to study Animal Science.

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Last Modified: 07/07/2015 8:47:36 am MDT

Golf Tournament Funds Leadership Education for Agriculture's Next Generation

May 19, 2015

Fun and raising funds for the next generation of agricultural leaders is the focus of the 2015 Farmers Union Foundation Open Golf Tournament which will be held June 16 at the Lakeview Country Club in Mitchell (3300 N Ohlman St). The tournament will be a four-person, best ball format. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. (CDT); tee off is at 9 a.m.

 "Investing in rural youth is investing in the future of South Dakota's number one industry," said Jim Wahle, SDFU board member and the event's organizer.

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Last Modified: 07/07/2015 1:03:20 pm MDT

Letter to the Editor: Keeping COOL Under Pressure

May 19, 2015

Summer meals for many begin on the grill. What if I told you the sanctity of throwing a burger or steak on the grill is under attack? And, this attack is specifically directed at your rights as a consumer?

 Currently, members of Congress are attempting to undermine an integral piece of American legislation, Country of Origin Labeling (COOL).

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Last Modified: 07/07/2015 8:46:24 am MDT

South Dakota Farmers Union Supports COOL Locally & in D.C.

May 12, 2015

South Dakota Farmers Union hosted a COOL rally May 8, 2015, in Watertown during President Obama’s visit to remind the Administration to maintain Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) as a federal law.

“We are working to keep COOL on people’s minds so they will remind Congressional leadership of the important role it plays in food safety,” said Doug Sombke, President of South Dakota Farmers Union. “COOL is a law that is important to everyone who wants to know where their food comes from.”

Along with the recent rally, Sombke, a fourth-generation Conde crop and cattle producer, will join National Farmers Union in D.C. the week of May 18 for a COOL Fly-In. He will be accompanied by Farmers Union members, Dick and Janet Kolousek, who raise cattle near Wessington Springs with their son, Scott, and his family.

“Farmers Union is a grassroots organization. Members from across the U.S. are going to attend this Fly-In so we can meet one-on-one with members of Congress and their staff about the value of keeping COOL a federal law,” Sombke explained.

If you want to keep COOL a federal law, contact your Congressional representatives by calling the switchboard to the Capitol at (202) 224-3121 and encourage them to leave COOL in our federal law. To learn more about South Dakota Farmers Union, visit

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Last Modified: 05/12/2015 11:13:38 am MDT

Quiz Bowl Encourages Youth to Think about Farm & Ranch Safety

May 6, 2015

Four FFA Chapters placed in the Farmers Union Team Up for Safety Quiz Bowl held in conjunction with the 2015 South Dakota State FFA Convention and will be advancing to the state competition held during the South Dakota State Fair.

The qualifying teams are, in order of highest score, the Viborg/Hurley FFA Chapter; the Parker FFA Chapter; the Deuel FFA Chapter and the Howard FFA Chapter. The Wolsey/Wessington FFA Chapter ranked fifth in points and will be the alternate team for the final round at the State Fair competition.

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Last Modified: 05/06/2015 4:22:57 pm MDT

Rally to Support Country of Origin Labeling This Friday May 8 in Watertown

May 6, 2015

South Dakota Farmers Union is hosting a rally to support Country of Origin Labeling or COOL, Friday May 8, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Belmont Park in Watertown, (on the northeast corner of Third Avenue & 9th St.).

All farmers, ranchers and citizens are encouraged to attend to show their support of clearly identifying where food, specifically meat products, are raised and processed.

Purpose of the COOL Rally: The Administration looks to be waning in its support of COOL.

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Last Modified: 07/07/2015 1:11:48 pm MDT

Does Everyone Get To Know Where Their Food Comes From Except Americans? Column by Doug Sombke,President of South Dakota Farmers Union.

May 4, 2015

Column by Doug Sombke,President of South Dakota Farmers Union

On a recent trip to Italy, I was struck by the fact that the menus in nearly every restaurant I patronized labeled all ingredients by their country of origin.

Although the U.S. has a Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law, which was passed in 2008, our law differs from its European cousin in the fact that COOL only requires the labeling of meats and a limited list of fruits, nuts and vegetables sold in retail outlets.

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Last Modified: 07/07/2015 12:56:34 pm MDT

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