Category: News Releases


Farmers Union Interns Teach Rural Youth About Farm Safety, Cooperation and Leadership

Posted on: May 12, 2022   |   Category: News Releases

Each summer South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) seeks out exceptional individuals to aid the organization in its summer youth education efforts. “These interns are integral to our educational mission,” said Educational Director Rachel Haigh-Blume. “Working as a team, we create fun ways to bring farm safety, cooperative and leadership education to South Dakota’s rural youth. […]

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Canton, Gettysburg, Kimball and Lennox FFA Chapters Qualify for Farm Safety Championship

Posted on: May 9, 2022   |   Category: News Releases

HURON, S.D. – During the State FFA Convention held in Brookings, FFA Chapters from Canton, Gettysburg, Kimball and Lennox qualified for the South Dakota Farmers Union Farm Safety Quiz Bowl Championships held during Farmers Union Day at the South Dakota State Fair, September 3. “Farming is among the most dangerous careers on the planet, so […]

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Celebrating Farm and Ranch Moms This Mother’s Day

Posted on: April 19, 2022   |   Category: News Releases

by Lura Roti As we reflect on the women who raised us this Mother’s Day, South Dakota Farmers Union would like to celebrate the many women who support the state’s No. 1 industry – farm and ranch moms! Read on to learn about Camp Crooks ranch mom and grandma, Kay Latham and Conde farm mom, […]

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Co-op Leaders Encourage Engagement

Posted on: April 5, 2022   |   Category: News Releases

Cooperative success depends upon member engagement, explained Kurt Pfeifle, Executive Director of the South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems. “Apathy is Kryptonite to cooperative success,” Pfeifle said. “When a cooperative suffers from lack of interest among its members, its foundation falters. Cooperatives that have been tremendously successful have strong member-leadership and provide outstanding service.” […]

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Young Producers Discuss How to Have Tough Conversations & More during 2022 Deadwood Event

Posted on: March 24, 2022   |   Category: News Releases

By Lura Roti for SDFU With two young sons and working full time as a nurse practitioner, Amy Albrecht says it’s tough to find uninterrupted time for conversations of any kind with her husband, Chris, let alone those of a serious nature. So, she found quite a bit of value in the fact she and […]

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Young Agriculture Producers from Meade & Hand counties Selected for Leadership Opportunity

Posted on: March 23, 2022   |   Category: News Releases

During National Farmers Union Convention policy sessions, state’s delegates sit at tables in long rows, their state flags proudly displayed. As Karla Hofhenke, checked in with South Dakota’s delegates ahead of the 2022 session, she noticed something. “I looked across the session hall and realized South Dakota had one of the youngest delegations,” said Hofhenke, […]

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Grassroots Policy Established by Family Farmers & Ranchers

Posted on: March 21, 2022   |   Category: News Releases

South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) delegates worked hard to represent the state’s grassroots policy during the National Farmers Union Convention. “Policy, not politics. This is how South Dakota Farmers Union works to make positive change for family farmers and ranchers – through grassroots policy,” explained Doug Sombke, SDFU President and Conde farmer. And delegates lost […]

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National Farmers Union Biofuels Panel Discuss Ethanol’s Role Today

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South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke was one of two panelists serving on a Biofuels panel during the 2022 National Farmers Union Convention held in Denver. The other panelist was Dan Bowerson, Senior Director, Energy and Environment at the Alliance for Automotive Innovation. The panel focused on ethanol’s role today, and where the […]

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