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S.D. Farmers Union convention over

Daniel Elliott, Chairman of Surface Transportation Board addressed rail issues head on when he spoke with the more than 150 South Dakota farmers and ranchers who gathered in Aberdeen for the 99th South Dakota Farmers Union State Convention Nov. 20-21, 2014.

"It's extremely important that I can attend meetings like this where I can hear from people involved, who can tell me what is really going on instead of sitting in my D.C. office and reviewing statistics," said Daniel Elliott, Chairman of Surface Transportation Board.

Elliott was among an impressive lineup of speakers in attendance during the 2014 convention including: Lucas Lentsch, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture; Larry Mitchell, Administrator of Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration; Ryan Taylor, columnist, North Dakota rancher, motivational speaker and rope trick artist; and Robert Carlson, United Nations Ambassador to International Year of Family Farming.

Carlson's convention speech, Family Farmers Feeding the World, inspired the theme for this year's convention where South Dakota producers also discussed pressing issues that impact South Dakota's No. 1 industry of agriculture.

"As a farmer- and rancher-led grass roots organization, we depend upon our members to provide policy direction for the year ahead during our State Convention," explains Doug Sombke, S.D. Farmers Union President.

During the convention members discuss what policy issues Farmers Union will focus on for the 2015 Legislative Session as well as the stance the organization will take. "This is the reason we moved the convention from February to November," Sombke says. "We wanted to make sure we had clear direction from our members prior to the start of the Legislative Session."

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–S.D. Farmers Union