Posts for July 2013

Grain Experts Discuss Differences in S.D., Iowa Law for Grain Transactions

July 18, 2013

During the 2013 legislative session, South Dakota lawmakers passed a bill to update and strengthen the state’s laws on grain transactions in response to the financial collapse of Anderson Seed Company in February 2012 that cost producers an estimated $2.6 million. But did the law go far enough to protect agricultural producers? What are other states doing to protect farmers? Those were just two of the questions raised during a meeting at Chamberlain Wednesday, July 17, which featured the vice chairman of South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commission Chris Nelson and grain licensing regulators from South Dakota and Iowa. The meeting was sponsored by South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU), a family farm organization headquartered in Huron.

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SDFU Foundation Awards $2,500 Scholarship to SDSU Grad Student

July 16, 2013

Emily Helms of Creighton, S.D., has been selected to receive a $2,500 agricultural graduate school scholarship from the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation. Helms is currently a graduate student in South Dakota State University’s Natural Resources Management Department. She’s expected to graduate with a master’s degree in biological sciences in December 2014 and plans to stay in South Dakota and work in either the range management or soil conservation field. Helms earned undergraduate degrees in agronomy and range science and a double minor in soil science and animal science from SDSU. She has spent the last year working as an intern for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Milbank and Brookings. She grew up on a family farm in western South Dakota near Creighton where her family raises commercial beef cattle and wheat.

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S.D. Farmers Union disappointed in House vote to split farm bill, repeal permanent law

July 11, 2013

South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives today voted in favor of a farm bill that includes farm programs and takes out nutrition and food programs while repealing permanent law.

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Farmers Union Opposes Splitting Farm Bill

July 10, 2013

South Dakota Farmers Union issued a statement Tuesday, July 9, opposing a plan to split the farm bill and repeal permanent law.

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SDFU to Host Informational Meeting Chamberlain on Grain Buyer Laws

July 5, 2013

South Dakota Farmers Union will host an informational meeting on grain buying and warehousing on Wednesday, July 17, at Chamberlain. The meeting will begin at 1:00 pm at the Chamberlain AmericInn, 1981 East King Street, and is open to the public.

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S.D. Farmers Union Joins Large Coalition to Urge Farm Bill Passage

July 2, 2013

South Dakota Farmers Union has joined a large coalition of organizations and companies from across the country to push for passage of a long-term farm bill after the U.S. House recently failed to pass the legislation. Farmers Union joined a total of 532 agriculture, conservation, rural development, finance, forestry, energy and crop insurance companies and organizations in sending a letter today to Speaker of the House John Boehner calling for the passage of a five-year farm bill before the current bill expires Sept. 30.

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