Posts for September 2014

National Farmers Union Awards Sen. Tim Johnson with Golden Triangle Award

September 19, 2014

South Dakota Farmers Union President, Doug Sombke, presented Sen. Tim Johnson with the Golden Triangle Award on behalf of National Farmers Union (NFU) during the NFU Fly-In held in D.C. Sept. 8-10, 2014.

"It is truly an honor to recognize Sen. Johnson for his leadership and support of policies that benefit America's family farmers and ranchers," Sombke said. "This is not the first time Sen. Johnson has been recognized by National Farmers Union with this award, but since he is retiring, sadly, it will be the last."

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Last Modified: 09/19/2014 8:52:56 am MDT


NFU Praises Bipartisan Senate STB Reform Bill Introduction

September 15, 2014

National Farmers Union (NFU) praised Sens. Thune (R-SD) and Rockefeller (D-WV) for the introduction of a bipartisan bill that would improve the functioning of the Surface Transportation Board and ensure that the agency is more responsive to the needs of its many customers.

“I commend Chairman Rockefeller and Ranking Member Thune for addressing this important issue on behalf of our family farmers and their cooperatives’ shipping commodities,” said Doug Sombke, chairman of NFU’s legislative committee and president of South Dakota Farmers Union. “After several STB hearings throughout the past year it's extremely gratifying to know STB and the U.S. Congress are listening to our concerns,” he said.

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Last Modified: 09/15/2014 11:41:37 am MDT


South Dakotans Heading to Washington Sept. 6-10 for National Farmers Union Fly-In

September 2, 2014

More than two dozen South Dakotans will travel to the Nation's capital Sept. 6-10 to visit with lawmakers about issues important to South Dakota's farmers and ranchers.

South Dakota Farmers Union members will join with hundreds of agriculture producers from across the nation as part of the National Farmers Union 2014 Fly-In.

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Last Modified: 09/02/2014 10:34:41 am MDT


South Dakota Farmers Union Celebrates Local Heroes with Rural Dakota Pride Awards

September 2, 2014

Today South Dakota Farmers Union recognized five South Dakotans for giving back to their rural communities with the Rural Dakota Pride Award.

"One survives with the other," said Karla Hofhenke, South Dakota Farmers Union Executive Director, of the integral connection between those who work in South Dakota's number one industry and their rural communities. "Without thriving communities, it's difficult to encourage young people to return to their family's farm or ranch. Rural communities are key to the future of South Dakota's agriculture industry; which is why we like to recognize those individuals who help them thrive."

Selected through a nomination process, the 2014 Rural Dakota Pride Award recipients include: Cindy Wilk, Huron; Jeff Kieser, Wessington Springs; Alan Vedvei, Lake Preston; Nick Nemec, Holabird; and John Wheeting, Groton.

Read on to learn how these individuals contribute to their rural communities.

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Last Modified: 09/02/2014 10:32:11 am MDT


.34 Cents for Lunch! State Fair Farmers Share Luncheon Informs Public on What South Dakota Farmers & Ranchers Really Earn

September 2, 2014

Pushing a shopping cart through the grocery aisle, who hasn't felt sticker shock from time to time?

Fairgoers had an opportunity to learn just how much of that price tag South Dakota's farmers and ranchers take home after harvesting the crops or livestock they raise during Saturday's Farmers Share Luncheon hosted by South Dakota Farmers Union during the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.

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Last Modified: 09/02/2014 10:22:12 am MDT


South Dakota Farmers Union Donates $25,000 for New 4-H Building on State Fair Grounds

September 2, 2014

South Dakota Farmers Union affirms its commitment to youth and agriculture through a $25,000 donation to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation for the construction of the new 4-H complex on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.

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Last Modified: 09/02/2014 10:09:36 am MDT


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