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SD Farmers Union Celebrates FFA Week

Posted on: February 26, 2020   |   Category: News Releases
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Governor Noem Proclaims Feb. 25 E30 Day

Posted on: February 25, 2020   |   Categories: E30, News Releases

Members of S.D. Farmers Union (SDFU) and Glacial Lakes Energy (GLE) Cooperative celebrate E30 Day together in Pierre February 25 after Governor Kristi Noem’s proclamation. “The Governor’s proclamation helps increase public awareness of E30 as the renewable fuel option that also promotes air quality and public health because it replaces cancerous additives,” says Doug Sombke, […]

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Legislators Recognized for Supporting Family Farmers & Ranchers

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During South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) Legislative Day, February 25, SDFU recognized legislators Oren Lesmeister and Lee Qualm for their efforts in supporting South Dakota’s family farmers and ranchers through legislative policy with the 2020 Legislator of the Year Award. Throughout 2019, Lesmeister, a Parade rancher and small business owner, and Lee Qualm, a Platte […]

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Farmers Union Scholarship Supports Plant Science Researcher

Posted on: February 23, 2020   |   Category: News Releases

As a farm kid growing up in rural South Dakota, Chris Nelson would see the challenges brought about by weather and markets. At the time, he could do nothing to help. Now 37, the SDSU research assistant is doing something. He enrolled in graduate classes. “I feel this is my chance to effect change,” says […]

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Members Prepare to Bring S.D. Policy to 2020 NFU Convention

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The opportunity to advocate for the needs of South Dakota family farmers and ranchers is the main reason, Gettysburg farmer and small business owner Gerri Eide is taking time away from her family, farm and business to attend the National Farmers Union Convention held in Savannah, Ga., March 1-3.  “I’ll be advocating for South Dakota’s […]

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FFA Member Helps Farm Community Start Mental Health Conversation

Posted on: February 22, 2020   |   Categories: Mental Health, News Releases

By Lura Roti for SDFU Worry. Stress. Anxiety. Depression. These feelings are not isolated to adults. Teens understand them too, explains McCook Central FFA member Kayle Lauck. “I understand what it is like to be anxious or sick to my stomach because I’m worried about something. It’s on a different scale than what farmers have […]

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Impact Agriculture Attend Legislative Day 2020

Posted on: February 16, 2020   |   Category: News Releases

Legislative Day 2020 Agenda Schedule of Events 9:30 a.m. Welcome & Briefing (Capitol Rotunda) 10 a.m. Attend Legislative Committee Hearings 12 p.m. FREE LUNCH with the Legislators (Capitol Rotunda) 1 p.m. Attend Legislative Caucus Meetings (Capitol) 2 p.m. Attend General Legislative Session (Capitol) Face-to-face interaction makes a difference, says Oren Lesmeister. “Showing up in Pierre […]

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SDFU Connects Farmers with Soil Health Resources

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In 2019, half of all South Dakota planted acres were seeded with no-till farming practices. As more farmers begin to implement no-till and other soil health building practices, they may have questions. And South Dakota Farmers Union wants to help by connecting them with answers and resources. “South Dakota Farmers Union recognizes the importance of […]

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