8/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
S.D. Farmers Union Celebrates our State's Family Farmers & Ranchers, Rural Youth & Community Heroes During the 2016 S.D. State Fair
In the original release sent this
morning, we realized we didn't include a date. South Dakota Farmers Union Day
at the State Fair is Sept. 3. The article below reflects this correction.
Union Celebrates our State's Family Farmers & Ranchers, Rural Youth &
Community Heroes During the 2016 S.D. State Fair
S.D. - Farmers Union Day at the 2016 South Dakota State Fair, Saturday Sept.
3, is a great opportunity to showcase South Dakota family farmers and
ranchers and all they do for the state's economy, rural communities and the
the tradition of the State Fair, Farmers Union Day honors the cream of the
crop," explains Doug Sombke, South Dakota Farmers Union President.
it's honoring those who give back to rural communities with the Rural Dakota
Pride Award, recognizing the work that our family farmers and ranchers put
into raising food and fuel through the Farmers Share Luncheon or youth who
will compete in the Team Up For Safety Farm Safety Championship." Rural
Dakota Pride Awards The 2016 Rural Dakota Pride Award goes to four individuals
to recognize their selfless contributions to rural communities across the
honorees include: Bryan Breitling, Miller; Doug Edwards, South Hand County;
Sharon Wilson, Black Hawk; and Tim Pravecek, Winner. Turn to page 14 to read
an organization which supports South Dakota farmers and ranchers, Farmers
Union understands the integral connection between those who work in South
Dakota's number one industry and their rural communities.
cannot survive without the other," says Karla Hofhenke, Executive
Director of S.D. Farmers Union. "Without thriving communities, it's
difficult to encourage young people to return to their family's farm or
ranch. Rural communities are key to the future of South Dakota's agriculture
industry, which is why we like to recognize those individuals who help them
organization will also announce the 25 South Dakota students who received
$1,000 scholarships for post-secondary education as part of the Farmers Union
Foundation and Farmers Union Insurance Agency 2016 Insuring a Brighter
Tomorrow Scholarship program.
is one of the three pillars upon which Farmers Union is built.
Farmers Union invests in providing leadership, cooperative and farm safety
educational programming to school-age rural youth across South Dakota,"
Team Up To Safety Quiz Bowl
and Hofhenke invite everyone to watch rural youth in action by attending the
2016 S.D. Farmers Union Team Up To Safety Quiz Bowl championship held at 1:15
p.m. on the Freedom Stage across from the Farmers Union Tent.
quiz bowl is a fun way for high school students to learn about safety on the
farm or ranch," says Hofhenke, of the competition that asks FFA members
questions on farm and ranch safety. Teams qualified for the championship
during the S.D. State FFA Convention held this April. The teams include
members from the following chapters: Viborg/Hurley FFA Chapter; McCook
Central FFA Chapter; Sunshine Bible FFA Chapter; and Lyman FFA Chapter.
hope the information they learn during the quiz bowl will prepare them if
they are ever faced with an emergency situation or if they're working with
livestock or doing any other potentially dangerous job on the farm,"
Share Luncheon, Only 30 cents for All During Farmers Union Day The Farmers
Share Luncheon, hosted by SDFU, gives fairgoers an opportunity to learn just
how much of the grocery store price tag South Dakota's farmers and ranchers
take home after harvesting the crops or livestock they raise.
who shops for groceries knows how much they pay to eat; however, they have no
way of knowing how much of what they pay in the grocery store actually goes
into the pockets of farmers and ranchers who raise the food that's why I
like the Farmers Share Luncheon," explains Terry Sestak, District 1
Farmers Union President and a fourth generation farmer from Tabor.
lunch, which feeds more than 1,000 fair-goers each year, clearly illustrates
this by selling a lunch that would typically cost $8 if it were purchased at
a café for only 30 cents the amount South Dakota farmers and ranchers would
actually receive for the ingredients.
lunch is a pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, potato chips and milk.
is concerned about high prices in the grocery store - I understand that; it
wasn't too many years ago that I was shopping for a family of five,"
said Hofhenke. "However, what our state's farmers and ranchers
actually take home as income is a far cry from the prices we all see on our
grocery receipt after a trip to the super market."
is a good promotion for South Dakota family farmers and ranchers as it
increases consumer awareness," Sestak says. "What better place to
promote agriculture and the people who raise our food than at the South
Dakota State Fair."
Vice President, Wayne Soren, a farmer from Lake Preston, during the 2015
South Dakota State Fair Farmers Union Farmers Share Luncheon.
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