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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.