South Dakota farmers and ranchers travel to Kansas City for National Farmers Union Convention

HURON – More than 30 South Dakota family farmers and ranchers traveled to Kansas City, Mo., to develop policy advocating for agriculture during the organization’s 116th national convention held in Kansas City, Mo., March 4-6.

“As a grassroots organization, Farmers Union truly gives family farmers and ranchers a voice,” said Doug Sombke, a fourth-generation Conde farmer and President of S.D. Farmers Union.

He explained that the policy South Dakota delegates bring to the national convention was developed at the county level then voted on during South Dakota Farmers Union state convention. “What’s voted on at the national level will be the policy our organization lobbies for in D.C.,” Sombke explained.

Advocating for the future of South Dakota’s number one industry is the reason Union Center rancher, Tammy Basel and her husband, Dallis left feeding and lambing chores in the hands of their adult sons and made the 12-hour drive.

“Times are tough across ranch and farm country, we need to make our voice heard in D.C. and work together to make positive change here at home,” said Basel who raises sheep and cattle.

Other South Dakotans to attend the convention include: Lisa Snedeker, Woonsocket; Mark Snedeker, Woonsocket; Doug Sombke, SDFU President, Conde; Karla Hofhenke, SDFU Executive Director, Huron; Christina Dexter, SDFU Legislative Specialist, Huron; Rachel Haigh-Blume, SDFU Education Director, Huron; Wayne Soren, SDFU Vice President, Lake Preston; Kirk Schaunaman, Aberdeen; Larry Birgen, Sioux Falls; Matt Birgen, Beresford; Hannah Sumption, Aberdeen; Dalton Gerlach, Stickney; Karly Schaunaman, Aberdeen; Jennifer Hanson, Britton; Brenna Johnson, Groton; Jim Brockel, Shadehill; Joseph Nugteren, Canistota; Bill Chase, Wolsey; Hank Wonnenberg, Dallas; Becky Martinmaas, Orient; Gail Temple, Clark; Lynn Frey, Lemmon; Rocky Forman, Huron; Melissa Wonnenberg, Dallas; Taylor Sumption, Frederick; Marissa Holinka, Watertown and Lorrie Hanson, Britton.

In addition to policy debates, South Dakota members celebrated Beresford farmer, Matt Birgen, 88, recognized for his leadership and service to agriculture with the National Farmers Union Meritorious Service Award.

To learn more about the National Farmers Union Convention visit www.nfu.org. To learn more about how South Dakota Farmers Union serves South Dakota’s family farmers and ranchers, visit www.sdfu.org.

Comments are closed.

  • Weather

    Woonsocket
    June 24, 2022, 11:39 pm
    Rain
    81°F
    real feel: 75°F
    humidity: 54%
    wind speed: 9 mph WSW
    wind gusts: 11 mph
     
  • Upcoming Events

    June 2022
    Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
    May 29, 2022 May 30, 2022 May 31, 2022 June 1, 2022 June 2, 2022 June 3, 2022 June 4, 2022
    June 5, 2022 June 6, 2022 June 7, 2022 June 8, 2022 June 9, 2022 June 10, 2022 June 11, 2022
    June 12, 2022 June 13, 2022 June 14, 2022 June 15, 2022 June 16, 2022 June 17, 2022 June 18, 2022
    June 19, 2022 June 20, 2022 June 21, 2022 June 22, 2022 June 23, 2022 June 24, 2022 June 25, 2022
    June 26, 2022 June 27, 2022 June 28, 2022 June 29, 2022 June 30, 2022 July 1, 2022 July 2, 2022
  • Recent Posts

  • Contact Us

    Ph/Fax: 605.796.4221
    Email: swj4221@icloud.com

    PO BOX 218
    Woonsocket, SD 57385
  • Archives