State Farmer’s Union Holding Annual Convention This Week

(WNAX) — Weather impacts on agriculture and farmer stress are two of the major topics that will be addressed at this week’s South Dakota Farmers Union convention in Aberdeen. President Doug Sombke says they have a lot to talk about…

“We’ve got a lot of things to talk about, Two of the biggest things that we are trying to stress this time around; seems like we always get together, we talk about the weather, right? So talk about, with some experts from the weather this time around and where we might end up looking at, you know, for this next year and…and then also farm stress, you know, what…farmer are going through some pretty tough times right now again and we just …gonna have experts to speak to about what can happen and what we should be looking for.”
He says his group’s members want to see truthful and consistent labeling of all types of ag products to avoid confusion among consumers…

“We’ve got so many of these substitutes that are claiming to be almond milk, for instance. You know, milk, using the word milk; I think that’s a huge thing that we gotta get; make sure people understand. You know for those of us that grew up on the farm, we know, but a lot of people don’t have a clue where their food really comes from. Even though we’ve educated about it on a daily basis here at Farmer’s Union you still run into people that don’t have a clue of what’s actually in some of the stuff that they’re consuming.”
Sombke says they’ll also be talking about industrial hemp in South Dakota and the challenges facing that industry…

“You know, I’m sure hemp will be talked about to some degree. We will have Derek Ohman with Horizon Hemp seeds to come speak to us about his venture. He’s a young man that’s trying to start a hemp seed business here in South Dakota….ha ha ha….little tough to do when you can’t grow it here. And he’s telling us the challenges he faces on his progress today.”
Sombke says they’ll also elect delegates to attend the National Farmers Union convention next year in Savannah, Georgia and hold officer elections. Sombke is unopposed and is running for re-election as is Vice President Wayne Soren.