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FSA Director Encourages Farmers to Schedule County Office Meetings Today

Posted on: November 12, 2019   |   Category: News Releases

HURON, S.D. – South Dakota’s farmers may think they’ve applied for all the programs they can to help mitigate some of the losses brought on by extreme weather and the Trade War, but South Dakota’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Paul Shubeck says there may be other resources available. “Please make an appointment to […]

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S.D. Farmers Union Celebrates Gann Valley Farm Family

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by Lura Roti for South Dakota Farmers Union Looking out over what had been a field full of sunflowers in 2018 but is now 90 acres of water and Waconia cane, Brian Cain is deciding what to do next. “Initially I was going to bale this for forage, but it won’t quit raining long enough […]

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S.D. Farmers Union Supports Cattle Producers of the Future – One Heifer at a Time

Posted on: November 7, 2019   |   Category: News Releases

Getting a start in production agriculture isn’t easy. One of South Dakota’s largest agriculture organizations is helping future cattle producers by giving a heifer to an ambitious youth eager to start a herd of their own. Cole Cavenee, 12, of Miller is the winner of the South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) 2019 Building Your Herd […]

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S.D. Farmers Union Thanks Rounds and Thune for Supporting Cattle Producers with U.S. Beef Integrity Act

Posted on: November 4, 2019   |   Categories: Meat Labeling, News Releases

South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) thanks South Dakota Senators Mike Rounds and John Thune for their support of South Dakota cattle producers through the introduction of the U.S. Beef Integrity Act. “This Act gives proper urgency to the Product of USA labeling dilemma. Our Senators’ action in introducing the U.S. Beef Integrity Act shows their […]

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SD Farmers Union Applauds USDA Industrial Hemp Ruling

Posted on: October 30, 2019   |   Categories: Industrial Hemp, News Releases

One of the state’s largest agriculture organizations applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on its announcement of the interim final rule for Industrial Hemp production.“The USDA did an exceptional job outlining a regulatory framework for hemp production in the United States,” said Doug Sombke, President of South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU). “South Dakota Legislators […]

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S.D. Farmers Union Says MEAT Act Is a Good Start

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Since the 2015 repeal of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), truth in labeling has been a focus of South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) policy. So, SDFU President, Doug Sombke says the organization is encouraged by The Real Marketing Edible Artificials Truthfully (MEAT) Act recently introduced by U.S. House of Representatives members Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) and […]

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South Dakota Cattle Producers Call for Fair Prices to Save Future of State and Nation’s Cattle Industry

Posted on: October 24, 2019   |   Categories: Meat Labeling, News Releases

By Lura Roti for SDFU Every year, Aberdeen cow/calf producers Jeff and Rachel Kippley visit their local Kessler’s grocery store and pick up prime rib for Christmas dinner. Since they began the tradition four years ago, the couple has paid the same price per pound for this holiday delicacy – $10.99. However, the price they […]

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South Dakota Farmers Union Says RFS “Fixes” Lack Vision and Progress

Posted on: October 17, 2019   |   Categories: E30, News Releases

Huron, SD, October 17, 2019: Following yet another disappointing announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on their management of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke said it’s time to recognize the RFS Is broken. “The “big beautiful deal” EPA announced last week raised more questions than it […]

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