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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.