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COVID-19 Further Stresses South Dakota’s Ethanol Industry

Posted on: April 30, 2020   |   Categories: E30, News Releases

This February, Glacial Lakes Energy’s balance sheet showed positive cash flow. Then COVID-19 brought morning commutes to a screeching halt as workers across the country were told to shelter in place. “Ethanol was not in a good situation before. But then COVID came along and changed everything,” explains Jim Seurer, the ethanol cooperative’s CEO. “In […]

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Honoring Farm and Ranch Moms

Posted on: April 29, 2020   |   Category: News Releases

As we reflect on the women who raised us this Mother’s Day, SDFU would like to celebrate the many women who support the state’s No. 1 industry – farm and ranch moms! To learn more about the farm and ranch moms featured in this article, click here. by Lura Roti for SDFU Samantha Miller, Aberdeen […]

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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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Family Farm Organization Applauds Mayor of Sioux Falls for Efforts to Protect Families

Posted on: April 15, 2020   |   Category: News Releases

HURON, S.D. – South Dakota Farmers Union President, Doug Sombke says the efforts made by Sioux Falls Mayor, Paul TenHaken to protect families impacted by COVID-19 in the state’s largest city, could have a positive impact on families and food security across South Dakota. “Mayor TenHaken’s efforts to keep families safe are a huge deal,” […]

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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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Climate Outlook May be Optimistic but Challenges Remain

Posted on: April 6, 2020   |   Category: News Releases

To sum up the outlook for Planting Season 2020, Jon Kleinjan, SDSU Extension Crop Production Associate had this to say on March 31. “It looks more promising than last year at this point in time.” SDSU Extension State Climatologist, Laura Edwards also remains cautiously optimistic. “There was a nice melt of snowpack this winter, so […]

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S.D. Farmers Union Encourages USDA to Ensure Stimulus Package Helps Family Farmers Ranchers to Protect Food Security

Posted on: March 27, 2020   |   Category: News Releases

For more than a century, the health and economic well-being of South Dakota’s family farmers, ranchers and their rural communities has been the focus of South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU). The organization appreciates the speed at which Congress passed a stimulus package to bolster rural healthcare. “It is our number one priority that the talented […]

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During Social Distancing Farmers Union Connects Farmers & Ranchers

Posted on: March 26, 2020   |   Category: News Releases

You are not alone. This is the message South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) leadership and staff are working to convey to the more than 19,000 family farmers and ranchers they serve. “Social distancing can become very isolating and we don’t want anyone to feel alone,” explains Karla Hofhenke, Executive Director. “Even though we are a […]

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