South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke sent a letter today to Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., urging his support of a strong commodity title in the farm bill that includes both a revenue protection and price support program.
A group of South Dakotans spent Tuesday on Capitol Hill urging lawmakers to pass a comprehensive, five-year farm bill. A total of 30 South Dakotans were among the nearly 300 participants from across the country to attend the National Farmers Union's annual legislative fly-in to Washington.
National Farmers Union (NFU) has bestowed one of its most prestigious honors, the Friend of the Family Farmer award, upon Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota. Sen. Johnson was presented the award Monday, Sept. 9, during a reception at the Kennedy Room inside the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. The reception was held in conjunction with NFU’s Fall Legislative Fly-In.
Over two dozen South Dakotans will travel to the nation’s capital next week to urge lawmakers to pass a comprehensive five-year farm bill before the current extension expires at the end of the month. The group will travel Sept. 9-11 as part of the South Dakota Farmers Union delegation attending the National Farmers Union’s annual Fly-In to Washington, D.C. The group will join hundreds of other Farmers Union members from across the country who will gather in the nation’s capital to talk with members of Congress.
A large number of fairgoers turned out Saturday at the Freedom Stage for a rally to show their support for a comprehensive, five-year federal farm bill. The Back the Farm Bill rally held during the State Fair was hosted by a diverse coalition of 22 South Dakota agriculture, business, energy, conservation and technology groups as well as the state’s largest network of charitable food banks.
Tom and Barb Paepke of rural Groton, Dead Schrempp of Lantry, Laurie Smith and Larry Brink both of Huron, and Jerry Martin of Meadow are all recipients of this year’s Rural Dakota Pride Award from the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation. The award is given annually to South Dakotans who are actively involved in their communities, are tireless volunteers, and display a large amount of pride in bettering their communities. A ceremony honoring this year’s award recipients was held Saturday, August 31, during Farmers Union Day at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.