SDSA President's Letter to Soybean Farmers
How are we doing farm family?! As we look back over this past harvest and year, we are reminded again of how no two years are alike. Through the swings of weather and yields, Mother Nature reminded us that we can expect the unexpected. Wherever you may live, I hope that, above all, you ended the year safely.
Turning to the soybean world, there is no shortage of work to be done. With the year coming to an end and a new state legislative session about to begin, rest assured that your directors have been busy advocating for you. Of notable wins this past year on a state level, SDSA helped lead the effort to stop the initiative in Sioux Falls that would have killed slaughter expansion.
Federally, we first look at the Farm Bill. Our message continues to be the same and persistent; make sure that farm programs are adequately funded, crop insurance stays in place, and continue to fund efforts to expand market share. Also, we at SDSA maintain that the foreign ownership of land issue be handled on the federal level. We continue to work closely with Congress so that farmer interests are addressed. It is a tough issue, but nevertheless, we at SDSA have been at the forefront so that farmers' way of life can be maintained.
Did you know that your membership in SDSA also includes membership in our parent organization, the American Soybean Association? Just one of the many benefits of becoming a member but also one of the most crucial. Having that connection allows us as an organization to put our interests at the forefront of the national scene. Working hand in hand with ASA, we can tackle very large issues and champion the American farmer so that hindrances to our way of life may be overcome.
Please watch for an invite to our upcoming Producer Shop Talk events. These are localized gatherings that will provide you with the latest information and updates to be successful in your operation, plus an opportunity for you to connect with us and share what’s happening in your community and on your operation. Information to come will be on our website, www.sdsoybean.org.
As you read this, I know many of the holidays may have passed, but I would still like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May we remember the reason for the season and cherish the times with our loved ones. Personally, thank you for having me as your President this past year, and I look forward to more good things to come for our organization!