The annual Ag Expo and Convention is gearing up!! Don't miss the fun with over 130 exhibitors, exciting speakers and great entertainment. All the information you need along with registration instructions can be found here.
North Dakota Grain Dealers Association Seeking Executive Director
The NDGDA is looking for a new executive director as Steve Strege will be retiring in the spring. Check here for more information.
Rail Shippers Group Established
At its January Board
of Directors Meeting, it was determined that SDGFA should form a
group to study and comment on the proposed sale of the Canadian
Pacific (CP) rail line west from Tracy, MN which would significantly
impact the shippers in South Dakota. The members of the group
include: Jerry Cope, Dakota Mill & Grain; Mike Nicolas, North
Central Farmers Elevator; Dustin Buntrock, Wheat Growers; Kathy
Zander, SDGFA Executive Director; Jack Nelson, Valero; Mavis Best,
SD Soybean Processors; Jeff Burket, American Colloid; Richard Jones,
Bentonite Performance Minerals; Dave Thorsgaard, GCC Dacotah Cement;
and Matt Konekamp, SD Office of the Governor.
The goal of this group is to provide comments and input on expectations of the affected parties for future rail service on the CP line should the CP sell.
Free Safety and Health Check-Up
South Dakota State University, in cooperation with U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, is offering a free health and safety check-up. This is conducted by professional health and safety consultants and funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. For more information, click here.
Members Only Website Offers a Great Resource
Find and update your information online. SDGFA offers its members exclusive access to a members-only section of its website. This feature grants SDGFA members access to two key resources: an online version of the SDABA directory and the ability to directly update their company and contact information in the SDABA database.
Access to the members-only section of the website is limited to current dues paying members and requires a unique login and password. To access this section of the website, choose the “Members Only” option on the top navigational bar. You then will be taken to a login page, where you will enter the same login and password you use for SDGFA’s online event registration system. If you have forgotten that information, there is a “Forgot your password” function that will help you retrieve the information.
Farmers should properly handle leftover treated seed: As farmers across the
United States prepare for this year’s harvest, it’s important to properly
handle or dispose of any remaining or leftover treated seed. Seed treatments
are increasing in popularity, but it is illegal for treated seeds to be in
the grain supply, says Andy LaVigne, ASTA president and chief executive
officer. Given that seed today can act as the delivery mechanism for pest
management products, it’s imperative that treated seed not be mixed with
grain, explains LaVigne.
“We are all experiencing a growing concern for food safety,” says Gary Anderson of CHS, Inc., and NAEGA chairman. “It’s critical that farmers and the rest of the supply chain follow industry guidelines to ensure a safe supply of grains and oilseeds, and maintain our reputation as a supplier of high quality agricultural products.”
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, last year the United States exported 1.9 billion bushels of corn and 1.5 billion bushels of soybeans. At $3.83/bu for corn and $9.97/bu for soybeans, the export market put more than $21 billion in the pockets of U.S. farmers during the 2010 marketing year.