Posts for 2011

Stand up for Education Day March 2

February 28, 2011

If you're concerned about the proposed 10% cuts to education in South Dakota and the cuts to other vital services, please join a group meeting at the State Capitol in Pierre Wednesday, March 2 at 7:45 a.m. The event is being organized by Jenn Gustafson of Langford, and is being sponsored by Stand Up For Education organizers, the South Daktoa Education Association and the Associated School Boards of South Dakota. This event is for school districts of all sizes. It is being organized to demonstrate the support for the funding of K-12 education in the state. It is a chance to stand united against the proposed cuts to education. All persons interested in preserving quality education for our state's children are encouraged to attend.

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SDFU President Named Chair of NFU Legislative Committee

February 22, 2011

South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke has been named chairman of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Legislative Committee. The NFU board of directors is made up of state Farmers Union presidents from across the country and are split into committees to deal with certain issues. The Legislative Committee will deal with national policy issues in Congress.

Sombke has been president of SDFU since 2005.

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South Dakota Delegates, Members Attend NFU Convention in Texas

February 16, 2011

Over two dozen South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) members attended the 109th annual National Farmers Union (NFU) convention held in San Antonio, Tex., Mar. 13-15. 27 South Dakotans attended the convention and were among the more than 500 Farmers Union members from across the country at the event. Seven of the South Dakotans in attendance served as voting delegates to the convention when the national farm organization adopted its policy program for 2011.

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'A Night on the Prairie' Raises Over $105,000 for Education Programs

February 13, 2011

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Chuck Groth Receives Meritorious Service Award from SDFU

February 12, 2011

Chuck Groth of Huron was presented with the South Dakota Farmers Union’s (SDFU) Meritorious Service Award Saturday afternoon during the organization’s96th annual state convention February 11-12 at Aberdeen, S.D.

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State Doesn't Have a Spending Problem, it Has an Income Problem

February 11, 2011

South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke released the following statement regarding the passage of the state budget Friday afternoon by the South Dakota state legislature.

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USDA Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks Addresses SDFU Convention

February 11, 2011

The local leader of the USDA Rural Development office in South Dakota, Elsie Meeks, addressed SDFU state convention attendees Friday, Feb. 11.

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Ag Columnist Alan Guebert Receives SDFU Farm & Ranch News Award

February 11, 2011

Freelance agriculture columnist Alan Guebert was awarded the Farm & Ranch News Award from the South Dakota Farmers Union Friday, February 11, during the organization’s 96th annual state convention held in Aberdeen, S.D.

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Bones Opens SDFU Convention With Challenge for Farmers to Work Together, Tell Their Stories

February 11, 2011

Newly appointed South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones opened the 96th annual South Dakota Farmers Union State Convention at Aberdeen with an address focused on the future of the state’s largest industry, encouraging producers to work together and tell the positive story of agriculture and rural South Dakota.

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Larry Birgen Receives Farmers Union President's Award

February 11, 2011

Beresford area farmer Larry Birgen was awarded the South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President’s Award Friday during the organization’s 96th annual state convention in Aberdeen, S.D.

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SDFU President Calls Proposed Cuts to Ag Research, Education 'Alarming'

February 9, 2011

South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke says Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s (R-S.D.) proposed budget cuts will harm the agriculture industry not only this year, but for years to come.

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Senate Bill 166 Hoghoused, Then Dies in State Affairs Committe

February 7, 2011

A bill that originally would've cost farmers and ranchers millions of dollars by repealing a sales tax exemption on repairs and parts for agricultural use was "hoghoused" this morning by the Senate State Affairs Committee, and then was ultimately killed.

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Senate Bill 166 Would Cost South Dakota Farmers and Ranchers Millions

February 4, 2011

A bill being considered by a South Dakota legislative panel Monday would cost farmers and ranchers in South Dakota an estimated $4.5 million dollars every year, and South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke says the bill would be the wrong move and weaken our state’s largest industry.

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Sen. Johnson Introduces Legislation for International Year of Cooperatives

February 3, 2011

U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) has introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives. “The International Year of Cooperatives” recognizes and celebrates the importance of cooperatives in the United States, especially within rural communities.

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A Night on the Praire Coming Soon!

February 3, 2011

The South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation fundraiser A Night on the Prairie’ will be held the evening of February 12, 2011, at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel & Convention Center in Aberdeen, S.D. The doors open at 5:00 p.m. with early bird cash drawings offered. The ‘A Night on the Prairie’ fundraiser is the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation’s signature fundraising event which raises funds to support cooperative, leadership and agricultural education programs. The fundraiser is the final event during the South Dakota Farmers Union State Convention Feb. 11-12.

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2011 SDFU State Convention Speakers, Activities Announced

January 31, 2011

The 96th annual South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) State Convention will be held Feb. 11-12, 2011, at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel & Convention Center, Aberdeen, S.D. The annual convention will feature a large group of guest speakers and panelists along with policy discussions and other activities. The convention opens at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11.

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2011 SDFU Legislative Day

January 25, 2011

South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) members from across the state traveled to Pierre Tuesday, January 25, 2011 to attend the annual SDFU Legislative Day activities at the State Capitol.

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Olson, Street Named 2010 SDFU Legislators of the Year

January 25, 2011

South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) has named Sen. Russ Olson (R-Wentworth) and Rep. Steve Street (D-Revillo) as the 2010 Legislators of the Year. The two lawmakers were presented with the awards during SDFU’s annual Legislative Day in Pierre Jan. 25. The annual award is given to legislators that work with South Dakota Farmers Union on the organization’s priorities in the previous year’s session.

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EPA Approves E15 for Use in 2001 and Newer Vehicles

January 21, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that E15 (15% ethanol) is safe to use in cars and light trucks made in 2001 and newer. The decision to allow these older vehicles to run on E15 follows an announcement in October 2010 that E15 is safe for 2007 and newer vehicles.

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