Category: Meat Labeling


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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South Dakota Farmers Union Says Competition & Fairness Are Needed to Keep Farmers and Ranchers in Business

Posted on: June 22, 2021   |   Categories: Meat Labeling, News Releases

HURON, S.D. – Monday, June 21, 2021 South Dakota Farmers Union urged the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to strengthen the nation’s food supply chain by restoring competition and fairness in markets that are dominated by a handful of multinational companies. In comments submitted to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, Farmers Union called for greater […]

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South Dakota Ag Groups Unite to Discuss Solutions for Cattle Industry

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

Leaders from six South Dakota agriculture groups came together in Pierre June 2, 2021 to unite behind solutions to help South Dakota’s cattle industry.  The groups who met include South Dakota Livestock Auction Markets Association, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, South Dakota Farm Bureau, South Dakota Farmers Union, R-Calf and South Dakota Stockgrowers Association. After discussing […]

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Farmers Union National Convention Speakers Say Market Consolidation Costs Farmers, Ranchers & Consumers

Posted on: March 1, 2021   |   Categories: Meat Labeling, News Releases

Impacts of market consolidation on farmers and ranchers was the focus of Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar’s February 26 presentation to producers during the 2021 National Farmers Union Virtual Convention. “Farmers are paying a lot more, but not getting a lot more,” Klobuchar said. She shared that this is largely due to market consolidation – noting […]

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SDFU Supports Rep. Johnson’s Work for Truth in Labeling

Posted on: May 14, 2020   |   Category: Meat Labeling

In a letter sent May 13, South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson urges the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to find a meaningful solution to allow accurate labeling of U.S. beef. South Dakota Farmers Union applauds Representative Johnson for his work for truth in labeling. “Thank you. Your support […]

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Food Security Depends on Protecting the People of our Food System

Posted on: April 17, 2020   |   Categories: Meat Labeling, News Releases

By Lura Roti for South Dakota Farmers Union Food security isn’t something many thought about prior to COVID-19. But that’s changed. “Empty grocery store shelves in Brookings or Sioux Falls speak to the fragility of even this sophisticated food system we are so proud of,” explained Barry Dunn, President of the state’s land grant, South […]

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Ending Price Gouging Sen. Rounds says is Matter of National Food Security

Posted on: April 7, 2020   |   Categories: Meat Labeling, News Releases

Price gouging has concerned South Dakota farmers and ranchers for years. However, it was tough to prove the need for governmental oversight. That is until COVID-19. “The farm-gate marketing system is broken, and it is no more obvious than today because COVID-19 has shown us that there is price gouging going on. There has always […]

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