Posts for 2012

Farmers Union Donates 800 Pounds of Litter to Beadle County Humane Society

December 21, 2012

South Dakota Farmers Union has donated 800 pounds of Swheat Scoop-brand cat litter to the Beadle County Humane Society in Huron. Swheat Scoop litter is made from non-food grade wheat harvested in the Midwest. It’s an environmentally friendly product that is all natural and contains no chemicals. The product is made by Farmers Union Industries, a Minnesota-based company affiliated with South Dakota Farmers Union.

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Farmers Union President: Farm bill extension isn't enough

December 21, 2012

South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke is calling on Congress to get a five-year farm bill passed before the end of the year and says an extension of the farm bill that expired in September isn’t enough.

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Feeding America Challenge Extended by $10,000

December 7, 2012

With one week remaining before the deadline to reach $50,000 in donations to Feeding America, National Farmers Union (NFU) has been issued a second challenge by Farmers Union Enterprises (FUE).

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Thousands of Dollars in Scholarships Available from NFU

December 7, 2012

National Farmers Union  (NFU) is encouraging students to apply for several scholarships made available through the general farm organization and its affiliated foundations. The amounts vary from $1,000 to $2,000.

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Traxinger Named Farmers Union Legislative Director

November 30, 2012

South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke has named Mike Traxinger legislative director for the family farm organization. Traxinger is a fifth-generation South Dakota farmer and a native of Claremont, S.D. He maintains a small herd of cattle on his family’s farm operation, Traxinger Simmentals, near Houghton.

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Sen. Tim Johnson discusses drought, farm bill at Huron meeting

November 21, 2012

The lack of a five-year farm bill has created a lot of uncertainty in the countryside for agricultural producers who are trying to make long-term decisions on their farm or ranch. That’s was what Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., heard today from a group of producers during a roundtable discussion hosted by the senator in Huron.

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EPA Decides Not to Grant Waiver of Renewable Fuel Standard

November 16, 2012

South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after it announced today it will not grant a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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Election Day Tuesday! Don't Forget to Vote!

November 5, 2012

South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke is reminding everyone to do their civic duty: vote. 

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MarketPlace Conference Brings Business Ideas to South Dakota Companies

October 11, 2012

The South Dakota MarketPlace business conference wrapped up Wednesday after two straight days of idea sharing and networking for small businesses focused on economic development in South Dakota. The conference, presented by South Dakota Farmers Union and the Center for Rural Affairs based in Nebraska, featured several keynote addresses including First PREMIER Bank CEO Dana Dykhouse and South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones. Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild and Craig Schroeder also presented keynote addresses. Nearly 200 people from across the state attended the event.

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MarketPlace Begins Tuesday in Huron

October 8, 2012

The second South Dakota MarketPlace conference starts Tuesday, Oct. 9 and runs through Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Crossroads Hotel & Huron Event Center.

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Farmers Union Breaks Ground on New State Office Building

October 4, 2012

South Dakota Farmers Union broke ground Thursday on a new 8,400 square foot state office building which will be built next to the family farm organization’s current state office at 1410 Dakota Avenue South in Huron.

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S.D. Farmers Union to Break Ground on New State Office Building

October 1, 2012

South Dakota Farmers Union will break ground on a new state office building Thursday, Oct. 4, next to the family farm organization’s current state office at 1410 Dakota Avenue South in Huron. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke, Farmers Union President Emeritus Ben Radcliffe, who served as president of the state organization for 20 years, and USDA Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks will be the featured speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony.

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Farmers Union Presents Sen. John Thune with Golden Triangle Award

September 11, 2012

South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke presented the National Farmers Union’s 2012 Golden Triangle Award to Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., today at the senator’s office in Washington, D.C. The award has been given annually since 1988 to members of Congress who show exceptional leadership on issues important to American agriculture.

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Vilsack Addresses Farmers Union Group in Washington

September 10, 2012

South Dakota Farmers Union members are in Washington, D.C., this week to talk to members of Congress. The biggest issue on the agenda, push for the passage of a new five-year farm bill. 

On day one of the National Farmers Union's annual Fly-In, members heard from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack who spoke to the group at the headquarters of the United State Department of Agriculture. Vilsack called on Congress to pass a farm bill, and pass it now. 

“There is no more important piece of legislation that any member of Congress can work on for rural America, for farmers and producers and ranchers than passage of the farm bill this month,” Vilsack told the group.

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Farmers Union Members to Push for Farm Bill on Capitol Hill

September 6, 2012

A group of South Dakota farmers and ranchers is headed to Capitol Hill next week to urge lawmakers to pass a farm bill as soon as possible. A delegation of South Dakota Farmers Union members will attend the National Farmers Union's annual Fall Fly-In to Washington, D.C., as members of Congress return to session after the August recess.

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Rural Dakota Pride Recipients Honored during Farmers Union Day at the State Fair

September 4, 2012

Six people were honored Saturday, Sept. 1, during Farmers Union Day at the South Dakota State Fair for selflessly giving back to their communities. Larry Schelle of Groton, Bonnie Wagner of Doland, Lynn and Dianne Perry of Bancroft, Robert Rutten of Arlington, and Masako Gould of Sioux Falls were the 2012 recipients of the Rural Dakota Pride Award from the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation. The Rural Dakota Pride Award was established in 2007 to recognize individuals who have made a difference through their volunteer and service efforts in their local community.

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Thousands Turn Out for Farmers Union Day at the State Fair

September 1, 2012

Over 1,500 people packed the sponsor’s tent near the Freedom Stage for the Farmer’s Share Lunch, a U.S. House candidate addressed hundreds of voters, the five candidates for the Public Utilities Commission debated the issues and hundreds enjoyed cake to celebrate 150 years of the United States Department of Agriculture Saturday as part of Farmers Union Day at the South Dakota State Fair.

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Farmers Union Day at the State Fair Coming Saturday

August 28, 2012

South Dakota Farmers Union, a nearly century-old family farm organization, will sponsor a wide range of activities during ‘Farmers Union Day’ at the South Dakota State Fair Saturday, Sept. 1. Activities the annual Farmer’s Share Luncheon, a debate between the candidates for the state Public Utilities Commission, birthday cake to honor the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other events.

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PUC Candidates to Debate at the State Fair Sept. 1

August 23, 2012

South Dakota Farmers Union and the South Dakota Rural Electric Association will co-host a debate Saturday, Sept. 1, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the Dakotland Stage at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds featuring candidates for the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission.

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Wolsey-Wessington FFA Repeats as Team up to Safety Quiz Bowl Champs

August 22, 2012

For the second straight year the FFA chapter from Wolsey-Wessington High School has been crowned champions of the Team up to Safety quiz bowl competition sponsored by South Dakota Farmers Union. Wolsey-Wessington beat the FFA team from Lyman in the finals 200-150 in the farm safety quiz bowl held Tuesday during the Dakotafest farm show at Mitchell.

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