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.
"It's become apparent that the supercommittee has failed," said Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., at the beginning of a roundtable discussion about the 2012 farm bill held in Sioux Falls at the American Coalition for Ethanol offices Nov. 22.
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., introduced the final conference report this week for an appropriations package that would not provide funding for a large portion of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act (GIPSA) rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Without appropriate funding the rule, which would have brought competitiveness and fairness to several livestock market sectors, will do little, if anything, to help family farmers in the pork and beef industries.
"We need to do a little more, and when you do those things good things come back to you. When good things come back to you, you're going to be happy," motivational speaker and author V.J. Smith, of Brookings, told a group of students Nov. 8 at Woonsocket High School during the Junior Rural Economice and Leadership (Jr. REAL) Development Program.
Children of all ages are growing up believing food comes from refrigerators, fast food restaurants, or grocery stores. National Farmers Union’s (NFU) “Growing Good Taste” curriculum provides teachers with lesson plans that address healthy nutrition, responsible eating habits, and connecting food to America’s family farms and ranches.
South Dakota Farmers Union Vice President Wayne Soren presented Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) with the National Farmers Union Golden Triangle Award, the organization’s highest legislative award recognizing congressional leadership on behalf of farmers, ranchers and rural communities. The award was presented during the National Farmers Union Annual Legislative Fly-In in Washington, D.C. SDFU VP Wayne Soren (right) with Sen. Tim Johnson.
South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) members met with the state's congressional delegation today in Washington, D.C., during the annual National Farmers Union Fly-In. The meetings were held Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) discussed many of the key issues facing agriculture in South Dakota and across the country in the tight budget situation the federal government is facing.
South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke has been appointed to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds.
A group of South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) members were in Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2001 to meet with congressional leaders about the future of agriculture. Farmers Union members from across the country attend the annual National Farmers Union “Fly-In” to Washington each fall in early September to talk with lawmakers. But the meetings they attended during the 2001 Fly-In aren’t what will stick in their mind forever. SDFU Secretary/Treasurer Karla Hofhenke of Huron was part of a 25 member South Dakota Farmers Union delegation that was in Washington that fateful day.
Five outstanding South Dakotans were honored Saturday, Sept. 3, with the 2011 Rural Dakota Pride Awards from the South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) Foundation. A ceremony was held on the Freedom Stage during Farmers Union Day at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron. The Rural Dakota Pride Award program was established through the SDFU Foundation four years ago with the awards designed to recognize individuals who have made a difference through volunteer efforts in their local communities.