Posts for December 2011

Panel Approves Ethanol Blender Pump Incentives in South Dakota

December 20, 2011

Consumers are the winners under a new rule passed today by the South Dakota State Legislature’s Interim Rules Review Committee, according to South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke. The panel voted to give fuel retailers the chance to apply for grants to offset the cost of installing ethanol blender pumps. The pumps, which cost about $10,000 more than a traditional gasoline pump, dispense fuel with blends from E10 (10 percent ethanol), to E20, E30, and higher up to an E85 blend.

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USDA to Create Advisory Board for Native American Agriculture Issues

December 16, 2011

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the establishment of a special advisory board to help USDA officials ensure Native Americans participate in and benefit from USDA programs.  The board is being put in place as part of the Keepseagle settlement.

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South Dakota Senators Stand up for COOL

December 15, 2011

Portions of the country of origin labeling (COOL) law passed in the 2008 farm bill were validated by a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling in November which held that the United States has the right to label foods so that consumers can know where the meat products they buy come from. But the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Panel (DSP) ruling doesn’t go far enough, according to South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke.

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Farmers Union Hosts MTI Co-op Day at the Mitchell Campus

December 8, 2011

South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) hosted Mitchell Technical Institute Co-op Day at the school Wednesday, Dec. 7 to connect tech school students with cooperative professionals. Over 40 students from the first and second year agriculture programs at MTI heard from speakers who work for various cooperative businesses in South Dakota about the advantages to working for a co-op.

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Keierleber Appointed Interim Director Representing District IV Farmers Union

December 2, 2011

The South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) board of directors today appointed Joel Keierleber, of Colome, as the interim director representing District IV Farmers Union to serve on the state board. Keierleber will fill the vacated board position held by Brad Reis, of Hamill, S.D., who resigned. District IV Farmers Union officers elected Keierleber to fill the position, and the state board of directors officially appointed him to the post today.

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SDFU Vice President Elected to Wind Partners Board

December 2, 2011

South Dakota Farmers Union Vice President Wayne Soren, of Lake Preston, has been elected to the South Dakota Wind Partners, LLC, board of directors.

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Farmers Union Opposes Proposed Child Labor Law Changes Affecting Agriculture

December 1, 2011

 South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU), a nonprofit family farm advocacy organization based in Huron, today submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Labor regarding new rules proposed by the department which would ban young hired farm workers from doing certain tasks on the farm.

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