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Senator Johnson Launches Survey for 2012 Farm Bill Feedback

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As Congress prepares to begin its work on the 2012 Farm Bill, U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) is launching an effort to hear from South Dakotans on the current Farm Bill and its implementation.

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Two South Dakota Youth Elected to National Youth Advisory Council

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Two South Dakota young people were recently elected by their peers to serve on the National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC) during the National Farmers Union's annual All-States Leadershipin Bailey, Colo., July 11 – 16, 2010, at (NFU) All-States Leadership Camp.

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District III & VII Farmers Union Camp Draws 99 Youth Participants

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Drawing one of the largest number of kids ever to a District Farmers Union camp, young people harnessed the power of working together and learned to lead by serving their communities during the annual District III & VII Farmers Union Camp held July 11th to July 14th  at Lake Richmond in Aberdeen, SD.  Children ages 6-13 from Clark, Day, Deuel, Grant, Kingsbury, Lake, Marshall, Beadle, Brown, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, McPherson, Spink, and Yellow River (MN) counties participated in this year’s camp. 99 campers attended this year's camp, one of the largest participation numbers ever.

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SDFU Praises "Fueling Freedom" Plan Announced by Ethanol Producers

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke today praised a newly released plan by ethanol advocacy group Growth Energy which would gradually end tax subsidies on ethanol and grow much needed renewable fuels infrastructure in the United States. The plan named “Fueling Freedom,” calls for the redefinition of the current ethanol tax credits, while redirecting money to fund infrastructure to get more ethanol to market through pipelines, ethanol blender pumps, and the production of Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFV) that can run on high blends of ethanol.

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U.S. Senate to Consider Estate Tax Code Solutions

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U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) are working on a permanent solution to the current estate tax code. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson has commended the senators for their hard work on this issue.

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SDFU Foundation Holds 8th Annual 'Dakota Prairie Open' Golf Tourney

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For the 8th straight year, South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation hosted one of the state's premier fundraising golf tournaments to bring in money for the education programs funded by the SDFU Foundation.

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SDFU President Commends Rep. Herseth Sandlin on the Introduction of Biofuels Legislation

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke today commended Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.) on the introduction of two important pieces of legislation that would enhance the future of biofuels in the United States. Congresswoman Herseth Sandlin this week introduced the Consumer Vehicle Choice Act of 2010 (H.R. 5633) which would increase the number of Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFV) on the road, and the Consumer Fuels Choice Act of 2010 (H.R. 5632) which would provide grants to offset the cost of installing an ethanol blender pump.

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SDFU Hires New Membership Director

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke has named Garret Bischoff of Pleasantville, Iowa, the new Director of Member Services for the organization. Bischoff will be responsible for all membership activities within SDFU, including member recruitment and retention. Prior to Farmers Union, Bischoff was the Vice President of Operations for Vande Rose Farms of Oskaloosa, Iowa.

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SDFU Welcomes SD High School Rodeo Finals Participants with Free Dinner

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) welcomed participants and fans of the South Dakota High School Rodeo State Finals with a dinner Thursday, June 24, at Belle Fourche. Over 500 participants, parents and fans stopped by the Lions picnic shelter on the grounds of the state rodeo finals to enjoy a dinner of barbecue sandwiches, beans, chips and pop.

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7 Farmers Union States, National Farmers Union Call for Separation Between NCBA and Federation of State Beef Councils

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A coalition made up of seven Midwest Farmers Union states along with the National Farmers Union are calling on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to stop a proposal by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) to take further control of the country’s beef checkoff program.

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2010 Scholarship Recipients

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Three South Dakota high school seniors will share $1,500 in scholarships awarded by the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation.  The 2010 scholarship recipients include Gina Dethlefsen, Stickney, SD; Mason Farber, Britton, SD; and Lindsey McFarlane, Wilmot, SD. 

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SDFU to Host Opening Night Dinner at SD High School Rodeo Finals

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South Dakota Farmers Union will host the opening night dinner at the South Dakota High School Rodeo Finals in Belle Fourche, S.D., on Thursday, June 24.

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South Dakota to Become Leader in Ethanol Blender Pump Locations

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A program set up by the South Dakota State Legislature this past session will likely make the state the national leader in ethanol blender pump locations.

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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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