Posts for 2010

SDFU Convention Adjourns in Aberdeen

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The 96th annual state convention of the South Dakota Farmers Union adjourned Saturday, February 12, after two days of events in Aberdeen highlighting the convention's theme, "The Right to be Rural."

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Prairie Winds Project Nears Completion at Jerauld County Site

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The wind farm being constructed in Jerauld County, which includes seven towers owned by individual investors in South Dakota, is about 85-percent complete, according to project engineer Amanda Wangler of Basin Electric.

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SDFU Member Vaughn Meyer Selected for Spot on Cattlemen's Beef Board

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) member Vaughn Meyer of Reva, S.D., has been appointed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to a seat on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, also known as the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB).

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SDFU Co-Sponsors First of Three REAP Meetings

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South Dakota Farmers Union, along with the Environmental Law and Policy Center, East River Electric Power Cooperative, and local Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are hosting the first of three meetings focused on the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Guaranteed Loan Program. The meetings are in Watertown December 14, Brookings December 15, and Beresford December 16.

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USDA Establishes Online Tool to Link Farming Generations

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the Department has established an online tool that can link retiring farmers who have expiring Conservation Reserve Program contracts with beginning farmers or ranchers who are interested in bringing the land into production. The new online resource, TIP Net, is a website provided by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Through the Transition Incentives Program (TIP), producers with land for sale or lease are introduced to qualified beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers who want to buy or rent land for their operations.

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Vilsack Announces Steps to Combat Climate Change

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Calling it "one of the greatest threats facing our planet," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is taking action to meet the challenge of climate change. Speaking at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the Secretary said USDA continues to take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions "by helping farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to be even better conservationists."

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SDFU Seeks Applicants for Summer Staff to Facilitate Youth Camps

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South Dakota Farmers Union is looking for outgoing and energetic young people to serve as summer interns for the 2011 youth camp season.

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Meetings Scheduled to Explain REAP Energy Efficiency Programs

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A federal program that could help farmers, ranchers, rural communities, and rural businesses save on energy costs will be explained at a series of meetings scheduled this month in three South Dakota communities. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Guaranteed Loan Program will be explained at meetings in Watertown December 14, Brookings December 15, and Beresford December 16.

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Growth Energy Announces Partnership With NASCAR

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The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has announced a major long-term partnership with American Ethanol led by Growth Energy, an advocacy group made up of Amerian ethanol producers.

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Meetings Scheduled to Discuss Local Food Distribution in South Dakota

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The Value Added Agriculture Development Center and Buy Fresh Buy Local are conducting a series of meetings to evaluate the potential for local food distribution. The goal is to establish systems to aggregate, process, package and distribute local foods in South Dakota.

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Senate Passes Food Safety Bill

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The United States Senate has passed legislation to prevent food borne illnesses and improve the food safety system in this country. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act would also protect small farmers and provide them with needed flexibility while strengthening our food supply.

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SD Wind Energy Association Holds Annual Meeting at Mitchell

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The 2nd annual meeting of the South Dakota Wind Energy Association was held Tuesday, November 30, at Mitchell Technical Institute. A number of well known experts in the wind energy industry, state government, and economics led discussions and talked about the future of the industry in South Dakota.

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SDFU Submits GIPSA Comments on Proposed Rules for Livestock Markets

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) has sent the organization’s official comments to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) on competition in the livestock market. GIPSA has proposed rules that will make for a more fair market for livestock producers and their products.

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EPA Delays Decision on E15 Approval for 2001-2006 Vehicles

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has again delayed the expected approval of an E15 (15% ethanol) blend of fuel for use in model year vehicles 2001-2006. Last month, the EPA granted a waiver for E15 for use in 2007 and newer vehicles.

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Former SDFU President Ben Radcliffe Publishes 'And That's the Way it Was'

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Former South Dakota Farmers Union President Ben Radcliffe has published a new book entitled 'And That's the Way it Was' (Robertson Publishing). It's an autobiography about the life of the man who served as SDFU president, as a state lawmaker, farmer, and tireless public servant. Radcliffe is also in the South Dakota Hall of Fame. He will turn 95 years-old next month.

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Jr. REAL Program Enters Final Push

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The South Dakota Farmers Union's Junior Rural Economic And Leadership (Jr. REAL) Development Program has visited four rural schools so far this fall, and next week the final four schools will take part in this important program.

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Rosebud Farmers Union Co-op Hosts Brown Bag Event

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South Dakota Farmers Union and the Rosebud Farmers Union Cooperative at Gregory, S.D. teamed up October 26 to serve lunch to patron-owners of the co-op. Over 100 free lunches were handed out during the lunch hour.

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SDFU Feeds Hundreds at Beresford Farmers Elevator Co-op Brown Bag

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Over 200 people attended a 'Brown Bag' event held Wednesday, October 20, at the Farmers Elevator Cooperative at Beresford. The event was co-sponsored by South Dakota Farmers Union and the Co-op.

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Secretary of State Candidates to Square Off at Yankton

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) will host debates Thursday, October 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., featuring local candidates for the South Dakota Legislature and the two major party candidates for South Dakota Secretary of State; Republican Jason Gant and Democrat Ben Nesselhuf.

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PUC Candidates to Debate at Brookings

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The South Dakota State University Collegiate Chapter of the South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) will host debates featuring local candidates for the South Dakota Legislature, and the two candidates for the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Dustin “Dusty” Johnson and Doyle Karpen.

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