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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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SDFU President Questions Lawsuits Against EPA, Health Care Reform

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke today questioned a pair of lawsuits initiated by South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley against the federal government.

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Governor Rounds Signs Wind Easement Compromise Bill

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Governor Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) has signed House Bill 1263 into law, the bill that revises certain provisions related to the terms of wind easements and wind energy leases.

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SDFU President Commends House of Representatives for Passing Health Care Reform

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke released the following statement after the  U.S. House of Representatives passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) bringing health care reform to America. President Obama signed the bill into law Tuesday.

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U.S. House Passes Health Care Reform

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National Farmers Union President (NFU) Roger Johnson commended the U.S. House of Representatives on the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) on the evening of March 21, 2010.

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Applications Available for $10,000 Ethanol Blender Pump Incentive Grants

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Eligible retail fuel stations may qualify for up to $10,000 per pump to help defray the cost of installing blender fuel pumps as part of the South Dakota Ethanol Blender Pump Incentive Grant Program, Governor Mike Rounds has announced.

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2009 SDFU Torchbearers Attend NFU Convention

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The South Dakota Farmers Union Education Program was well represented at the recent National Farmers Union Convention at Rapid City, SD.  Young people earned the trip as recognition of their status as Farmers Union Torchbearers.

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Large SD Delegation Attends NFU Convention at Rapid City

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) delegates were involved this week in policy discussions covering several issues like health care, climate change, taxes, and federal farm programs during the annual National Farmers Union (NFU) Convention being held in Rapid City, S.D. It’s the first time the 102 year-old farm organization’s national convention has been held in Rapid City. Sioux Falls hosted a NFU convention in the late 1990’s.

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Danni Beer, Linda Gilbert Appointed to CBB

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced 36 appointments to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board.  All appointees will serve 3-year terms beginning immediately. Two of the appointees are from South Dakota, Danni Beer of Keldron, and Linda Gilbert of Buffalo.

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Ethanol Producers Day Help at Pierre

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Clean, homegrown ethanol plays an important role in the U.S. economy, environment and national security, and South Dakota must remain among the nation’s leaders in that field by continuing strong support for renewable fuel.

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Former SDFU VP Officially Appointed to FSA Committee

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The Obama Administration today announced the individuals who will serve on the South Dakota Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committee. The State Committee members will oversee the activities of the agency, including carrying out the state agricultural conservation programs, resolving appeals from the agriculture community, and helping to keep producers informed about FSA programs.

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Ethanol Producers Day February 4th in Pierre

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Supporters of alternative energy will hear from state legislators and administrators at the second annual South Dakota Ethanol Producers Day on Thursday, February 4 in Pierre.

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SDFU Vice President Testifies Against Tax Hike

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) Vice President Wayne Soren testified before the state Senate Transportation Committee Monday, February 1, against Senate Bill 1, a measure that would raise the state of South Dakota’s gas tax and raise vehicle licensing fees.

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Maher, Burg Named 2009 Legislators of the Year

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) has named Sen. Ryan Maher (D-District 28) of Isabel, and Rep. Quinten Burg (D-District 22) of Wessington Springs as the organization’s legislators of the year. The two lawmakers were presented with the awards during South Dakota Farmers Union’s annual Legislative Day at the State Capitol in Pierre January 26.

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Sumption Testifies Against Senate Bill 1

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A member of the South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) Board of Directors testified before the Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday, January 27, at the State Capitol in opposition to Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), a measure which would increase the state gas tax 6 cents per gallon and increase certain vehicle licensing fees anywhere from $5 to $55 per vehicle.

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