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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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Agriculture Community Pulls Together to Support Ranchers Impacted by Windy Fire

Posted on: February 23, 2021   |   Category: News Releases

By Lura Roti for South Dakota Farmers Union A day after the Windy Fire consumed more than 2000 acres of owned and leased winter and spring pastureland, and 1500 round bales on the Ham Ranch, friends, neighbors and even some strangers began showing up ready to fence. “They came for a week straight. A bunch […]

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Cattle Markets May Be in for An Upswing Predicts Ag Economist

Posted on: February 17, 2021   |   Category: News Releases

By Lura Roti for South Dakota Farmers Union You know current agriculture markets are unique when a seasoned agriculture economist refers to them as “fluid and strange.” That’s exactly how Mike Pearson, anchor of This Week in Agribusiness described current markets when he addressed South Dakota producers during a February 9 webinar hosted by South […]

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Farmers Union Enterprises Donates 35,000 Pounds of Pork Ribs to Feeding South Dakota

Posted on: February 15, 2021   |   Category: News Releases

Farmers Union Enterprises teamed up with South Dakota Farmers Union to donate 35,000 pounds of pork ribs to Feeding South Dakota. “COVID-19 continues to impact jobs and many South Dakota families continue to see their grocery budget shrink. We see this as a way to help,” explains Doug Sombke, President of Farmers Union Enterprises (FUE). […]

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COVID-19 Impacts S.D. Farmers Union Families

Posted on: February 9, 2021   |   Category: News Releases

by Lura Roti When the COVID-19 pandemic began closing schools and businesses in March, South Dakota Farmers Union members had just arrived home from the organization’s 118th National Convention Held March 1-3 in Savannah, Ga. Throughout the months to follow, articles in the Union Farmer covered how this pandemic devastated our livestock industry and illuminated […]

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Young Leaders Say South Dakota Agriculture Future is Bright

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by Lura Roti for SDFU Youth are our future. In recognition of this truth, South Dakota Farmers Union highlights three ambitious 20-somethings who are just starting out in their agriculture careers. Their passion for the industry, drive and work ethic are inspiring. And if they have anything to do about it, the future of South […]

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SDSU Graduate Student Receives Farmers Union Scholarship

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Farmers are the answer to climate change. This belief drives Alex Michels, the recipient of the S.D. Farmers Union Foundation $2,500 Graduate Scholarship. “Humans are the cause of climate change, but humans are also the answer, specifically farmers,” says Michels, a South Dakota State University graduate student pursing a master’s in wildlife and fisheries sciences. […]

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Why Farmers & Ranchers Opposes Governor’s Proposal to Merge Department of Agriculture with Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Posted on: February 2, 2021   |   Category: News Releases

On Jan. 19, Gov. Kristi Noem issued an Executive Order merging the Department of Agriculture with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The new department will be called the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Hunter Roberts will serve as its secretary. South Dakota Farmers Union members voted unanimously to oppose this merger during […]

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