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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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SDFU Holds Annual Legislative Day at Capitol

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) held the organization’s annual Legislative Day at the State Capitol in Pierre January 26, 2010. Unfortunately, the inclement weather in the days prior kept several members from attending the day, but SDFU still had a few who were able to talk with lawmakers about issues facing family farmers and ranchers.

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SDFU State Convention February 12-13 at Huron

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The 95th annual South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) State Convention will be held February 12-13, 2010, at the Crossroads Hotel and Huron Event Center. The theme of this year’s convention is “Capturing our Renewable Future.”

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SDFU Legislative Day Set for January 26th at Pierre

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) members from across the state will gather at the State Capitol in Pierre, S.D., Tuesday, January 26, 2010, for the annual SDFU Legislative Day. It's a chance for SDFU members to witness the process their lawmakers go through during the legislative session, and it gives them an opportunity to talk with their elected representatives about the issues that are important to them.

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SDFU Foundation Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

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For the third straight year, 25 South Dakota high school seniors will share $25,000 in scholarships from Farmers Union Insurance, in cooperation with the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation. The 25 high school seniors will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. They will be given to those who plan on pursuing a post-secondary education at a college, university, or technical school in the state of South Dakota. The scholarships are funded with support from Farmers Union Insurance agents in South Dakota and the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation. The application deadline is April 15, 2010. Application forms are available from school counselors, local Farmers Union Insurance Agents, or at www.sdfufoundation.org

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2009 Scholarship Recipients

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Three high school seniors shared $1,500 in scholarships awarded by the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation. The 2009 scholarship recipients include Morgan Bushfield of Hitchcock, Cole Hogg of Miranda and Blake Farber of Britton.

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Scholarships

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The South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation takes pride in announcing the availability of scholarships to applicants whose parents are members of South Dakota Farmers Union. The application deadline for 2011 has passed. But check back often for the release of the 2012 scholarship education information.

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