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South Dakota Cattle Producers Meet with Dept. of Justice Anti-Trust Division

Posted on: September 19, 2022   |   Categories: Meat Labeling, News Releases

Cattle producers shared personal stories of anticompetitive practices and the Department of Justice listened. “Eyes were wide open and notepads came out,” explained a South Dakota cattle producer. “The Assistant Attorney General stayed way longer than scheduled and the staff continued to ask questions.” “They were totally shocked,” added Oren Lesmeister, a Parade rancher and […]

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South Dakota Family Farmers & Ranchers Advocate Meet with Secretary of Agriculture & Policy Makers During D.C. Fly-In

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By Lura Roti for South Dakota Farmers Union Family farmers and ranchers making time to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with Congressional leaders and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials does make a difference, said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. “Thank you to National Farmers Union. In many respects NFU has been the […]

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Farmers Feed 1,000 Fairgoers & Rural Volunteers Recognized During Farmers Union Day at the State Fair

Posted on: September 3, 2022   |   Categories: Meat Labeling, News Releases

With grocery prices soaring, doesn’t it make sense that farmers and ranchers would also see an increase in profits? This just isn’t the case, explained Union Center rancher, Dallis Basel. “We go grocery shopping just like everyone else,” said Basel, who raises sheep and cattle together with his wife, Tammy. “Even though prices are up […]

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Strengthening South Dakota’s Beef Industry is Focus of Farmers Union State Fair Forum

Posted on: August 11, 2022   |   Categories: Meat Labeling, News Releases

Working to hold meat packers and food processors accountable and transparent is a focus of Farmers Union grassroots policy. During Farmers Union Day at the State Fair, the state’s largest agriculture organization will host a panel discussion focused on strengthening South Dakota’s Beef Industry. Date: September 3, 2022 Time: 1 p.m. Location: Freedom Stage at the South Dakota State […]

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Update on Policy Supporting Fair & Transparent Markets for Cattle Producers

Posted on: June 30, 2022   |   Categories: Meat Labeling, News Releases

Just a few months following his National Farmers Union keynote address, Montana Sen. Jon Tester provided cattle producers with an update on the work underway in D.C. for fair prices. “If we want rural America to remain strong and vibrant, it’s critical that the cattle producers that feed us have access to fair markets and […]

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Family Farmers & Ranchers Put Policy in Place for A Better Future for South Dakota Agriculture

Posted on: December 21, 2021   |   Categories: Meat Labeling, News Releases

During his keynote address, South Dakota Farmers Union President, Doug Sombke, challenged family farmers and ranchers to take a moment to reflect and ask themselves: “What am I doing to help mankind?” Of course, the answer is unique for each of the many South Dakota family farmers and ranchers gathered in Huron December 16-17 for […]

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This Judge Gets It: SD Farmers Union President Appreciates Judge Ruling on Lawsuit Against Big Four Packers

Posted on: October 4, 2021   |   Categories: Meat Labeling, News Releases

After hearing the news that a federal judge in Minnesota ordered a class-action lawsuit against JBS, Tyson, National Beef, and Cargill to proceed, South Dakota Farmers Union President, Doug Sombke said after decades, finally a judge, “gets it.” “This judge gets it,” explained Sombke, a fourth-generation Conde farmer. “My entire farming career, we have been […]

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Farmers Union Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee on Behalf of Fair Market & Prices for Cattle Producers

Posted on: July 28, 2021   |   Categories: Meat Labeling, News Releases

The voice of South Dakota’s cattle producers was heard today when National Farmers Union President, Rob Larew testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, says South Dakota Farmers Union President, Doug Sombke. “Our cattle producers raise a premier product, yet for years, because of consolidation of packers, lack of oversight and the fact foreign meat […]

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