South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) hosted the first of three Rural Economic and Leadership (REAL) sessions at Cabela’s in Mitchell, September 27 and 28. The sessions host 21 participants from around the state to experience hands-on learning in areas of personal development and motivation, board development, leadership training and other life skills.
South Dakota Farmers Union members met with U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services Michael Scuse, SD Department of Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service SD State Conservationist Jeff Zimprich, USDA Farm Service Agency SD State Executive Director Craig Schaunaman, and USDA Rural Development SD State Director Elsie Meeks in Scenic and Rapid City on Tuesday, October 22.
Ranch families are invited to attend any of three community gatherings in Union Center, Faith and New Underwood for a free meal and information about resources available as they look to rebuild their ranch operations in the wake of the blizzard.
South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke issued the following statement regarding Speaker Boehner appointing U.S. Representative Kristi Noem to the House conference committee tasked with negotiating a 2013 farm bill.
With the expiration of the nine-month extension of the 2008 farm bill this past Monday, South Dakota Farm Bureau and South Dakota Farmers Union are together calling on Congress to get down to business and take the steps needed to pass a new farm bill before the end of the year.