There were three special orders of business adopted during the South Dakota Farmers Union annual meeting. These include addressing the cattle and beef industry crisis, Medicaid expansion and a resolution for a co-op bylaw change. “Co-ops need to make sure they include their membership in any major decisions in liquidation,” said SDFU President Doug Sombke. National Farmers Union President Rob Larew attended the convention to talk about the Fairness for Farmers campaign. “If we’re not careful, market consolidation could be a national security food issue. There are four major packers and that’s it. Two of them aren’t from the United States; from China and Brazil.” South Dakota delegates will discuss these key policy priorities on the national level at the upcoming National Farmers Union Convention. Fourteen delegates will represent South Dakota at the 2022 convention.
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