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New Junior Advisory Council Elected at State Camp

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The new Junior Advisory Council (JAC) members were selected by their peers at the 2010 South Dakota Farmers Union State Camp held June 6-11 at Storm Mountain Camp near Rapid City.

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South Dakota: Crisis in the Northeast-Destruction of the Open Road

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South Dakota Farmers Union recently visited farmers in northeastern South Dakota who dealt with a wet fall, a snowy winter, and another wet spring. Some crops were still in the fields this spring because of the wet fall, and many crops aren't going to be planted this spring.

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ACRE, DCP Program Deadline Approaches

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Farmers and landowners have until Tuesday, June 1, 2010, to sign up for the 2010 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program. More than 75 percent of an expected 1.7 million farms have already enrolled.

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SDFU Hires Summer Interns for Busy Camp Season

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) has hired four summer interns to organize and run the SDFU local, regional, and statewide camps this summer.

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SDFU President Lays Out 2012 Farm Bill Priorities at House Ag Committee Hearing

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke testified Tuesday morning at a field hearing of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee laying out the organization’s priorities for the 2012 Farm Bill. Sombke, along with other South Dakota farmers and ranchers, gave their thoughts on what should be included in the next Farm Bill. The field hearing was held on the campus of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D..

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SDFU President to Testify at U.S. House Ag Committee Field Hearing

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke will testify tomorrow at the hearing of the United States House Agriculture Committee on the drafting of the 2012 Farm Bill. The hearing will be held at the Edith Mortenson Center Theater on the campus of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. The hearing will begin at 8:00 a.m.

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Disaster Declaration Will Help Farmers & Ranchers Recover

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South Dakota Farmers Union President (SDFU) Doug Sombke today praised President Barack Obama for signing a disaster declaration that makes 30 counties across the state eligible for disaster assistance. The announcement was made yesterday.

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President Signs Disaster Declaration for South Dakota Counties

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of South Dakota to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm on April 2, 2010, and severe flooding this spring.

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SDFU President Applauds Climate Bill in U.S. Senate

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South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke released the following statement after the introduction of the American Power Act Wednesday, May 12, 2010, in the United States Senate.

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Blender Pump Incentive Grants Still Available to Retailers

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Federal funds are available yet in South Dakota to help retailers install ethanol blender pumps at gas stations across the state, said Hunter Roberts, state energy policy director.

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SDFU Encourages Motorists to be Careful Around Farm Equipment

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South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke encourages all South Dakota motorists to be aware of the increase in farm equipment on the state’s roads and highways during Spring planting.

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SDFU Applauds Introduction of Ethanol Incentives Bill in U.S. Senate

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke is calling for quick approval of S. 3231, the Grow Renewable Energy from Ethanol Naturally Jobs Act of 2010, or the GREEN Jobs Act of 2010, introduced earlier this week in the United States Senate by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Kent Conrad (D-ND).   S. 3231 mirrors bipartisan legislation introduced last month in the House by Congressmen Earl Pomeroy (D-North Dakota) and John Shimkus (R-Illinois).  South Dakota’s entire Congressional delegation has signed on to the proposals as cosponsors. 

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SDFU Hosts First "Team Up to Safety" Quiz Bowl Competition

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) hosted the first "Team Up to Safety" Quiz Bowl competition Monday, April 19, on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings. The competition was held during the annual state FFA convention held at the SDSU campus.

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SDFU Collegiate Chapter Hosts Farmers Share Feed at SDSU Campus

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The South Dakota Farmers Union Collegiate Chapter at South Dakota State University held a Farmers Share Feed Monday, April 19, at the University Lutheran Center on campus.

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Sioux Falls' First Ethanol Blender Pump Open for Business

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Consumers in South Dakota’s largest city now have the opportunity to access mid-level blends of ethanol. Sioux Falls’ first ethanol blender pump is now open for business at the corner of Cliff Avenue and Benson Road. King’s Mart, a Sinclair filling station which now offers E10, E30, and E85, held a blender pump grand opening and ribbon cutting Monday, April 12, and gave big discounts on its ethanol blends.

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SDFU President Disappointed in SD Beef Industry Council Decision

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke has expressed his disappointment in the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) vote Thursday, April 8, to send the full portion of the state beef check-off to the Federation of Beef Councils after the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) decision to restructure its governance structure. The NCBA serves as the independent contractor managing the use of a portion of states’ $1.00 per head of cattle beef check-off funds. The Federation of State Beef Councils, which the SDBIC is a member of, is made up of beef councils from across the country and is overseen by the NCBA. The SDBIC has the choice whether or not to send a portion of its check-off dollars to the Federation of State Beef Councils, and yesterday they voted to send the money rather than keep it in South Dakota.

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Help Available for Producers with Pasture Lost to Grasshoppers

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Craig Schaunaman, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in South Dakota announced that the state of South Dakota has been approved for pasture grazing loss assistance under the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP) as a result of grasshopper infestation during the 2009 grazing season.

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$10,000 Blender Pump Grant Informational Meetings Scheduled

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Public informational meetings are scheduled over the next two weeks regarding the $10,000 ethanol blender pump grants that will be made available to South Dakota retailers.

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SD State Lawmakers Pass Budget Bill

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It took them some extra time, but South Dakota’s state lawmakers have passed a budget for fiscal year 2011. In a late night vote last night (March 30) they passed a budget bill on a mostly party line vote. The Senate passed the budget on a vote of 20-14 (Click Here for the Senate Roll Call) and the House voted 44-25 to pass the budget (Click Here for the House Roll Call).

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SDFU Calls on Congress to Extend Federal Ethanol Tax Credits

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke is urging members of Congress to extend the 45 cents per gallon Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC), the 54 cents per gallon ethanol tariff, and the cellulosic tax credit which are set to expire at the end of the year.

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