South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the 2013 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act by a vote of 195-234 Thursday, June 20.
In the community where Anderson Seed Company’s insolvency last year cost some farmers tens of thousands of dollars, grain transaction experts from South Dakota and North Dakota explained current laws and rules governing grain sales and compared the state’s laws while discussing how South Dakota could better protect farmers who sell grain in the state. Anderson Seed’s facility in Redfield cost producers an estimated $2.6 million in unpaid grain in February 2012.
South Dakota Farmers Union will host an informational meeting Monday, June 17, at Redfield to discuss grain buyer and grain warehouse laws in South Dakota and North Dakota. The meeting will begin at 1:00 pm at the Redfield American Legion Hall, 612 N. Main Street, and is open to the public.