Posts for 2013

SDFU Member Meyer Appointed to Another Term on Cattlemen's Beef Board

December 31, 2013

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

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SDFU Announces Dates for 2014 Young Producers Conference

December 6, 2013

South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) will host its 2014 Young Producers Conference Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 at Deadwood. The two-day conference provides South Dakota’s young farmers and ranchers with an opportunity to glean insight from industry leaders, network, and socialize. The conference is open to those who are 40 and younger.

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Hauck, Bialas elected to Senior Advisory Council

December 4, 2013

Alyson Hauck of DeSmet and Myles Bialas from Dimock have been selected to serve on the South Dakota Farmers Union’s Senior Advisory Council for 2014.  To run for the Senior Advisory Council an individual must have received their Torchbearer Award, which is the highest honor one can receive as a young person in Farmers Union.  A number of eligible Torchbearers run for a spot on the two-person council and are selected based on their leadership skills, interaction with their peers and other individuals and their overall participation in activities.

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Associated Press Story Misleading

November 12, 2013

South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke issued the following statement in response to a recent story by the Associated Press that blames biofuels for conservation losses.

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SDFU to Host Panel on the Affordable Care Act During Fall Conference

November 8, 2013

Understanding the Affordable Care Act and how it will impact South Dakota’s farmers and ranchers is the focus of a panel discussion hosted by South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) during its Nov. 14 fall conference.

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Mitchell Hosts First Rural Economic and Leadership Development Session

October 28, 2013

South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) hosted the first of three Rural Economic and Leadership (REAL) sessions at Cabela’s in Mitchell, September 27 and 28. The sessions host 21 participants from around the state to experience hands-on learning in areas of personal development and motivation, board development, leadership training and other life skills.

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U.S. Senator Johnson and USDA Officials Meet with South Dakota Ranchers

October 24, 2013

South Dakota Farmers Union members met with U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services Michael Scuse, SD Department of Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service SD State Conservationist Jeff Zimprich, USDA Farm Service Agency SD State Executive Director Craig Schaunaman, and USDA Rural Development SD State Director Elsie Meeks in Scenic and Rapid City on Tuesday, October 22.

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Blizzard Resource Community Gatherings Scheduled for South Dakota Livestock Producers

October 18, 2013

Ranch families are invited to attend any of three community gatherings in Union Center, Faith and New Underwood for a free meal and information about resources available as they look to rebuild their ranch operations in the wake of the blizzard.

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U.S. Representative Noem Appointed to Farm Bill Conference

October 18, 2013

South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke issued the following statement regarding Speaker Boehner appointing U.S. Representative Kristi Noem to the House conference committee tasked with negotiating a 2013 farm bill.

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South Dakota Farm Bureau and South Dakota Farmers Union Call on Congress to Take Action

October 7, 2013

With the expiration of the nine-month extension of the 2008 farm bill this past Monday, South Dakota Farm Bureau and South Dakota Farmers Union are together calling on Congress to get down to business and take the steps needed to pass a new farm bill before the end of the year.

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Farm bill should include revenue protection, price support provisions

September 26, 2013

South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke sent a letter today to Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., urging his support of a strong commodity title in the farm bill that includes both a revenue protection and price support program.

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South Dakotans Visit Capitol Hill to Push for Farm Bill

September 10, 2013

A group of South Dakotans spent Tuesday on Capitol Hill urging lawmakers to pass a comprehensive, five-year farm bill. A total of 30 South Dakotans were among the nearly 300 participants from across the country to attend the National Farmers Union's annual legislative fly-in to Washington.

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Sen. Tim Johnson Receives Friend of the Family Farmer Award

September 9, 2013

National Farmers Union (NFU) has bestowed one of its most prestigious honors, the Friend of the Family Farmer award, upon Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota. Sen. Johnson was presented the award Monday, Sept. 9, during a reception at the Kennedy Room inside the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. The reception was held in conjunction with NFU’s Fall Legislative Fly-In.

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South Dakotans Heading to Washington Next Week for NFU Fly-In

September 5, 2013

Over two dozen South Dakotans will travel to the nation’s capital next week to urge lawmakers to pass a comprehensive five-year farm bill before the current extension expires at the end of the month. The group will travel Sept. 9-11 as part of the South Dakota Farmers Union delegation attending the National Farmers Union’s annual Fly-In to Washington, D.C. The group will join hundreds of other Farmers Union members from across the country who will gather in the nation’s capital to talk with members of Congress.

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Fairgoers turn out for Back the Farm Bill Rally at the S.D. State Fair

September 3, 2013

A large number of fairgoers turned out Saturday at the Freedom Stage for a rally to show their support for a comprehensive, five-year federal farm bill. The Back the Farm Bill rally held during the State Fair was hosted by a diverse coalition of 22 South Dakota agriculture, business, energy, conservation and technology groups as well as the state’s largest network of charitable food banks.

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Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow Scholarship Recipients Honored

September 3, 2013

Recipients of the 2013 ‘Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow’ scholarships from the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation were honored Saturday as part of Farmers Union Day at the South Dakota State Fair.

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Rural Dakota Pride Award Recipients Honored

September 3, 2013

Tom and Barb Paepke of rural Groton, Dead Schrempp of Lantry, Laurie Smith and Larry Brink both of Huron, and Jerry Martin of Meadow are all recipients of this year’s Rural Dakota Pride Award from the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation. The award is given annually to South Dakotans who are actively involved in their communities, are tireless volunteers, and display a large amount of pride in bettering their communities. A ceremony honoring this year’s award recipients was held Saturday, August 31, during Farmers Union Day at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.

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Wolsey-Wessington Captures Third Straight Quiz Bowl Crown

August 21, 2013

For the third straight year, the FFA team from Wolsey-Wessington High School won the Team up to Safety quiz bowl competition sponsored by South Dakota Farmers Union. A total of four teams competed in the quiz bowl finals Tuesday, Aug. 20, during the Dakotafest Farm Show at Mitchell for the title of quiz bowl champion. 

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SDFU Joins Coalition to "Back the Farm Bill"

August 7, 2013

A broad coalition made up of South Dakota agriculture, energy, conservation and technology groups, and the state’s largest network of food banks held a press conference today to announce a “Back the Farm Bill” campaign aimed at raising awareness of the need for a comprehensive, five-year federal farm bill. The campaign includes a social media campaign. To like the effort on Facebook just click here.

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SDFU Testifies on Proposed PUC Grain Buyer Rules Changes

August 1, 2013

South Dakota Farmers Union testified at a hearing Tuesday, July 30, in Pierre held by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission to adopt new grain buyer and grain warehouse rules. The new rules deal with voluntary credit sale contracts, agreements made between a grain buyer and seller to delay payment or deliver grain on credit. The new rules were proposed as part of the issues surrounding the Anderson Seed Company insolvency in February 2012 that cost producers an estimated $2.6 million.

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