News Releases


Our Way of Life Podcast Launched by State’s Largest Ag Organization

Posted on: June 5, 2024   |   Category: News Releases

South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) premieres Our Way of Life podcast on their website June 2024. “Our Way of Life is another way to share the stories of South Dakota’s farm and ranch families,” explained Karla Hofhenke, SDFU Executive Director. “The podcast features the South Dakotans who do the work of our state’s largest industry. […]

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The Family Who Rodeos Together…Winner Rodeo Family Shares Their Story

Posted on: May 28, 2024   |   Category: News Releases

By Lura Roti for South Dakota Farmers Union All three of Heather and Cody Moore’s sons are rodeo athletes. And the Tripp County parents say in addition to all the great life lessons Rowdy, Roper and Rider have gleaned from competing in the sport, it’s the friends they have made that they are most grateful […]

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Get to know the 2024 Intern Team

Posted on: May 9, 2024   |   Category: News Releases

Each summer, South Dakota Farmers Union welcomes three college-age students to serve as Education Program interns. These young adults assist Education Program Specialist Samantha Olson with curriculum development, county camp facilitation and serve as mentors to the junior leaders who plan and facilitate state camps. This year all three interns are Jackrabbits: Aeriel Eitreim, Minnehaha […]

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Get to Know Farmers Union Insurance Jenn Wickstrom, Buffalo Agency

Posted on: May 1, 2024   |   Category: News Releases

In 2013 Jenn and David Wickstrom welcomed their daughter, Joey, into the world. Their hearts were overflowing with love and joy. Joey also came with a couple surprises – she was blessed with Down Syndrome, but also a heart defect that would soon need to be repaired. This is when the community they loved gathered […]

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Never Stop Educating

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Doug Durante, Clean Fuels Development Coalition For all of us long-time ethanol supporters, we share the frustration that American agriculture and the ethanol we produce is so often misunderstood. We were reminded of this after participating in the annual con­vention of the Society of Environmental Jour­nalists this month. This gathering of more than 750 journal­ists […]

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South Dakota Farmers Union Launches 2024 Photo Contest: Celebrating Life on the Family Farm & Ranch

Posted on: April 30, 2024   |   Category: News Releases

South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) hosts its annual photo contest, Celebrating Life on the Family Farm & Ranch May 1 – July 31, 2024. “Agriculture is our state’s No. 1 industry. This photo contest celebrates the families who do the work,” explained Karla Hofhenke, SDFU Executive Director. Photographers are invited to submit photos related to […]

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It’s Camp Season Farmers Union Camp Celebrates 90 Years of Leadership, Farm Safety & Cooperative Education

Posted on: April 29, 2024   |   Category: News Releases

By Lura Roti for South Dakota Farmers Union Rural youth from across South Dakota have been attending South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) Camp for 90 years. And although the programming looks a bit different today than it did in 1934, Farmers Union Camp remains relevant because over the years it has evolved to meet the […]

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Celebrate Farm & Ranch Moms 2024

Posted on: April 25, 2024   |   Category: News Releases

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 Gettysburg farm mom, Gerri Eide and Hidden Timber ranch mom, Kodi Blotsky. By Lura Roti […]

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