South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke presented the National Farmers Union’s 2012 Golden Triangle Award to Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., today at the senator’s office in Washington, D.C. The award has been given annually since 1988 to members of Congress who show exceptional leadership on issues important to American agriculture.
South Dakota Farmers Union members are in Washington, D.C., this week to talk to members of Congress. The biggest issue on the agenda, push for the passage of a new five-year farm bill.
On day one of the National Farmers Union's annual Fly-In, members heard from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack who spoke to the group at the headquarters of the United State Department of Agriculture. Vilsack called on Congress to pass a farm bill, and pass it now.
“There is no more important piece of legislation that any member of Congress can work on for rural America, for farmers and producers and ranchers than passage of the farm bill this month,” Vilsack told the group.
A group of South Dakota farmers and ranchers is headed to Capitol Hill next week to urge lawmakers to pass a farm bill as soon as possible. A delegation of South Dakota Farmers Union members will attend the National Farmers Union's annual Fall Fly-In to Washington, D.C., as members of Congress return to session after the August recess.
Six people were honored Saturday, Sept. 1, during Farmers Union Day at the South Dakota State Fair for selflessly giving back to their communities. Larry Schelle of Groton, Bonnie Wagner of Doland, Lynn and Dianne Perry of Bancroft, Robert Rutten of Arlington, and Masako Gould of Sioux Falls were the 2012 recipients of the Rural Dakota Pride Award from the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation. The Rural Dakota Pride Award was established in 2007 to recognize individuals who have made a difference through their volunteer and service efforts in their local community.
Over 1,500 people packed the sponsor’s tent near the Freedom Stage for the Farmer’s Share Lunch, a U.S. House candidate addressed hundreds of voters, the five candidates for the Public Utilities Commission debated the issues and hundreds enjoyed cake to celebrate 150 years of the United States Department of Agriculture Saturday as part of Farmers Union Day at the South Dakota State Fair.