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SDFB elects leadership and names award winners at 102nd Convention


South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) held their 102nd Annual Convention in Sioux Falls, Nov. 22-23, 2019. Agricultural policy discussions, election of board leadership and special awards were part of the two-day event.

Applications Being Accepted for South Dakota Farm Bureau Scholarship


South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) is accepting scholarship applications from high school seniors pursuing secondary education, as well as current college and technical school students.

All in the Family


Long before becoming a familiar face in our homes on KELO TV, Brian Karstens and his brother Christopher Karstens were two farm boys from Iowa. Today, both play critical roles in forecasting our weather. SDFB is excited to have Brian from KELO TV and his brother Christopher, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center with us on Saturday morning for a discussion on their background and a look at our recent weather trends.

Help South Dakota Farm Bureau fill a truck at this year's convention!


South Dakota Farm Bureau will be collecting gently used or new winter coats at the SDFB Annual Convention, Nov. 22 & 23 in Sioux Falls. All coats will be donated to individuals in need following convention.

Technology, Weather and South Dakota Future a few topics at SDFB Convention


Leadership. Precision. Performance. is the theme of SDFB’s 102nd Annual Convention Nov. 22-23, 2019 in Sioux Falls, S.D. In addition to important policy decisions, a terrific line-up of thought-leader speakers are on tap!

Updates from SDFB President Scott VanderWal


I am sure this finds a lot of us in the same frustrating situation trying to work around the weather to get our harvest in. Between the mud, wet crops and even snow in some parts of the state, it is sometimes difficult to keep a positive attitude. We have been through hard times before, and we will get through this as well. I encourage you to keep talking to people and realize you are not alone.

Share Your Voice on Feed Tonnage Fee Increase


The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is considering an increase in the feed tonnage fee from $0.02/ton to $0.10/ton. The SDDA believes the fee increase is necessary to continue running the Animal Feed and Remedy Program. The purpose of this program is to protect producers, the agriculture industry, and consumers from mislabeled or adulterated feed and remedy products.

Leadership, Precision and Performance is Theme of 102nd Annual SDFB Convention


Make plans to join South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) for their Annual Convention Nov. 22-23, 2019 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls, S.D. “Leadership. Precision. Performance.” is the theme for the 102nd event.

Court Opinion Brings to Light Concerns Over Swampbuster Enforcement


A recent circuit court opinion is bringing light to concerns about a lack of due process for farmers and ranchers in the arbitrary enforcement of Swampbuster guidelines by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The American Farm Bureau Federation is calling on United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Sec. Sonny Perdue to take action to heed the court’s reprimand and fix the agency’s broken appeals process.

Farm and Ranch Families Honored


Farm and ranch families who have owned their land for a century or more were honored at the 2019 South Dakota State Fair, receiving a Century, Quasquicentennial or Sesquicentennial Farm and Ranch award from South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) and South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).