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News / Events Category: News Releases

State’s Largest Ag Organization Urges Farmers & Ranchers to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Posted on: March 30, 2021   |   Category: News Releases

South Dakota’s farmers, ranchers and those who work on farms and ranches are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) encourages agriculture producers to take advantage of this opportunity to protect themselves, their families, and rural communities. “This disease is no joke,” says Doug Sombke, President of SDFU and […]

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Wessington Springs Farmer Scott Kolousek Receives National Farmers Union Award for Increasing County Membership

Posted on: March 22, 2021   |   Category: News Releases

National Farmers Union recognized Wessington Springs cattle producer, Scott Kolousek for his work encouraging other family farmers and ranchers to join South Dakota Farmers Union with the Bruce Miller Membership Award during the 2021 NFU Virtual Convention. Since 2017, Kolousek worked to more than double Jerauld County’s membership. A third-generation Farmers Union member and fifth-generation […]

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E30 Safe for Non-flex Fuel Vehicles & Cuts CO2 Emissions According to University of Nebraska Study

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If 10 percent of Nebraskans fueled up their non-flex fuel vehicles with 30 percent ethanol, CO2 emissions would decrease by 64,000 tons per year. This is according to results of a year-long University of Nebraska Study, Redefining Renewable Fuels, released February 2021. If these same Nebraskans fueled up with E30, the study said it would […]

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National Guard troops in D.C. to get Founding Farmers meals

Posted on: March 11, 2021   |   Category: News Releases

National Guard troops on duty in our nation’s capital will soon be getting a different taste in the chow line. Farmers Union Enterprises (FUE) announced today it will be donating $50,000 to provide roughly 5,000 soldiers with a nutritious meal from Founding Farmers restaurants, based in the Washington, D.C., area. “Feeding people is what farmers […]

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Grassroots Policy Set by Farmers & Ranchers for Farmers & Ranchers

Posted on: March 8, 2021   |   Category: News Releases

HURON, S.D. – Most family farmers and ranchers need a second job. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 89.6 percent do not earn the majority of their income from their agriculture operations. A motivating fact if ever there was one, said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack in his March 1 […]

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SD Farmers Union Urges Senators to Stop the Merger & Support Senate Resolution of Disapproval 901

Posted on: March 4, 2021   |   Category: News Releases

South Dakota farmers and ranchers opposed to merging the Department of Agriculture with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have one more chance thanks to Senate Resolution of Disapproval 901. If passed, Senate Resolution of Disapproval 901 would not allow Governor Kristi Noem’s executive order to go into effect. This would be a […]

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SDFU President Calls for Repeal & Replace of Fuel Economy Rule to Include Octane and Higher Ethanol Blends

Posted on: March 2, 2021   |   Categories: E30, News Releases

Speaking at the National Farmers Union National Convention February 26, 2021, South Dakota Chapter President Doug Sombke said ethanol advocates need to prioritize support for a high octane standard in the new fuel economy rule that could triple demand for ethanol over the next decade. Sombke and NFU are spearheading a “Repeal & Replace” campaign […]

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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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