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S.D. Farmers Union Encourages USDA to Ensure Stimulus Package Helps Family Farmers Ranchers to Protect Food Security

Posted on: March 27, 2020   |   Category: News Releases

For more than a century, the health and economic well-being of South Dakota’s family farmers, ranchers and their rural communities has been the focus of South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU). The organization appreciates the speed at which Congress passed a stimulus package to bolster rural healthcare. “It is our number one priority that the talented […]

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During Social Distancing Farmers Union Connects Farmers & Ranchers

Posted on: March 26, 2020   |   Category: News Releases

You are not alone. This is the message South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) leadership and staff are working to convey to the more than 19,000 family farmers and ranchers they serve. “Social distancing can become very isolating and we don’t want anyone to feel alone,” explains Karla Hofhenke, Executive Director. “Even though we are a […]

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Today’s Corn Farmers Leave A Zero Carbon Footprint

Posted on: March 24, 2020   |   Categories: E30, News Releases

In addition to feeding and fueling the world, farmers across the Corn Belt are helping sequester carbon by raising corn for ethanol, livestock feed and Fourth of July barbecues. “Corn is one of only a handful of grasses (C4) which are superior at extracting carbon dioxide from the air and fixing it in plants and […]

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Lake Area Technical Students Gain New Perspective on Cooperatives

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Growing up, Andrew Edgar spent his summers working on his cousin’s farm near Orient, S.D. So, until recently, when the Lake Area Technical Institute student thinks about what a cooperative is, the local grain elevator comes to mind. Today, he understands that the cooperative model works for more than farmers. “I didn’t realize cooperatives could […]

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Delegates Vote on NFU President & Policy During 2020 Convention

Posted on: March 18, 2020   |   Category: News Releases

During the 118th NFU Convention held in Savannah, Georgia March 1-3, 2020, South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) delegates helped elect Rob Larew to serve as the new National Farmers Union (NFU) President following the retirement of North Dakota farmer, Roger Johnson. “South Dakota should be very proud in the way our delegates represented our state’s […]

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S.D. Farmers Union President Calls on Leadership to Look into Price Fixing

Posted on: March 17, 2020   |   Category: News Releases

After Friday the 13th saw a dramatic drop in cattle prices at Ft. Pierre Livestock Market, South Dakota Farmers Union President, Doug Sombke called on Leadership to investigate the possibility of price fixing among the nation’s four meat packers. “I’m asking you on behalf of all our cattle producers in South Dakota whom you represent, […]

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Empower Farmers to Solve Farm Issues During Tough Times

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Op Ed by Doug Sombke, SDFU President I don’t know about you, but I don’t like taking problems to political leaders and agency officials unless I have a solution in mind. I guess it’s the farmer in me. So, when I look at the current state of agriculture, and the many challenges facing family farmers […]

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Brown County Farmer Receives National Award

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

Aberdeen crop and cattle farmer, Jeff Kippley was recognized by National Farmers Union during the 2020 National Convention with the Bruce Miller Award for his active involvement in state and national Farmers Union events as well as his community. “This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the mission and vision of Famers Union. Through his active […]

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