SDFU works to protect and promote the interests of farmers and ranchers by taking a leadership role in advocating for farming, ranching and agricultural interests across the state. We strive to keep our members aware of key issues and to advance their best interests within lobbying and legislative forums. To be effective on our members' behalf, it is essential that our members be involved in the organization, become knowledgeable on the issues that impact their work and lives, and communicate their needs to us. Help us represent you and work towards your goals.

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SD Legislative Session: January through March

The South Dakota legislative session takes place each year between January and March. Keep apprised of what’s going on by:

  • Reading The Rural Lobbyist, a weekly legislative update during the session.
  • Visiting SDFU Blog
  • Or better yet, subscribe to the Rural Lobbyist RSS Feed. Just click the rss feed at the Rural Lobbyist page.
  • Following us on Twitter: Sign up for Twitter updates from SDFU. Wondering if anyone’s really doing this? You bet they are! South Dakota is one of the nation’s most connected states – so hop on that bandwagon and Twitter with us. It’s a quick and easy way to stay informed and add your own comments now and again.

Make Your Voice Heard

South Dakota Farmers Union is a grassroots membership organization. That means members create the policy the organization lives by. SDFU is available to answer policy and legislative questions and will work with members to craft policy beneficial to the organization and its members. The policy is a fluid document that can be changed each year by delegates to the state convention. Get involved in Farmers Union and you and other members can set the direction of the organization.

Contact Mitch Richter, SDFU Lobbyist, at 605-360-1370 or email him with any questions 

Make The Most of Your Potential!

We invite you to read about our REAL and Junior REAL programs here at the Rural Development section of our website. We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities and work to develop your leadership potential.

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