The 2015 Ag Expo is scheduled for January 21 & 22 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center! Don't miss it. Registration information can be found at www.agexpo-sd.org.
Vote No on Initiated Measure 18
The Board of Directors of the SDGFA recently voted to join the No More Mandates Coalition, and oppose Initiated Measure 18. Reason to vote NO on IM18:
It would be the LARGEST minimum wage hike in South Dakota's history
Will trigger higher prices, lay offs, cuts in hours for owrkers, reducted employee benefits and delays in making needed improvements.
Mandates raises tied to the National Consumer Price Index - every year - FOREVER, even if South Dakota's economy is suffering a downturn.
Automatic raises would be set by the economies in New York and California and other states, not by what's happening in South Dakota or the Midwest.
Young and unskilled workers could lose out on jobs, along with the opportunity to gain valuabel work experience.
If the starting wage goes up 17%, experienced employees may not get raises they deserve.
Employers who can afford to are already paying more than the minimum wage to attract and keep employees in a competitive market.
South Dakota's minimum wage would be higher than 43 other states.
Hits small towns hardest. When prices have to go up to cober increased operating costs, it drives customers elsewhere.
If this passes, what's next? Do we really want to set employer policies at the ballot box?
For more, and to donate, go to NoMoreMandates.org.
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.