During the 2013 legislative session, South Dakota lawmakers passed a bill to update and strengthen the state’s laws on grain transactions in response to the financial collapse of Anderson Seed Company in February 2012 that cost producers an estimated $2.6 million. But did the law go far enough to protect agricultural producers? What are other states doing to protect farmers? Those were just two of the questions raised during a meeting at Chamberlain Wednesday, July 17, which featured the vice chairman of South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commission Chris Nelson and grain licensing regulators from South Dakota and Iowa. The meeting was sponsored by South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU), a family farm organization headquartered in Huron.
Emily Helms of Creighton, S.D., has been selected to receive a $2,500 agricultural graduate school scholarship from the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation. Helms is currently a graduate student in South Dakota State University’s Natural Resources Management Department. She’s expected to graduate with a master’s degree in biological sciences in December 2014 and plans to stay in South Dakota and work in either the range management or soil conservation field. Helms earned undergraduate degrees in agronomy and range science and a double minor in soil science and animal science from SDSU. She has spent the last year working as an intern for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Milbank and Brookings. She grew up on a family farm in western South Dakota near Creighton where her family raises commercial beef cattle and wheat.
South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives today voted in favor of a farm bill that includes farm programs and takes out nutrition and food programs while repealing permanent law.
South Dakota Farmers Union will host an informational meeting on grain buying and warehousing on Wednesday, July 17, at Chamberlain. The meeting will begin at 1:00 pm at the Chamberlain AmericInn, 1981 East King Street, and is open to the public.
South Dakota Farmers Union has joined a large coalition of organizations and companies from across the country to push for passage of a long-term farm bill after the U.S. House recently failed to pass the legislation. Farmers Union joined a total of 532 agriculture, conservation, rural development, finance, forestry, energy and crop insurance companies and organizations in sending a letter today to Speaker of the House John Boehner calling for the passage of a five-year farm bill before the current bill expires Sept. 30.