South Dakota: Farmers Union Convention meets in Aberdeen Feb. 11-12 |

South Dakota: Farmers Union Convention meets in Aberdeen Feb. 11-12

HURON, SD – The 96th annual South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) State Convention will be held Feb. 11-12, 2011, at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel & Convention Center, Aberdeen, SD. The annual convention will feature a large group of guest speakers and panelists along with policy discussions and other activities. The convention opens at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11.

The newly appointed South Dakota Department of Agriculture Secretary Walt Bones of Parker will be the opening speaker of the convention at 10:15 a.m., followed by USDA Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks at 11:15 a.m. Other guest speakers include Lake Area Technical Institute President Debra Shepard, agriculture journalist Alan Guebert, East River Electric Power Cooperative General Manager Jeff Nelson, South Dakota State University dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences Dr. Barry Dunn, and National Farmers Union Vice President of Government Relations Chandler Goule. An expert panel will also discuss the new tax assessment structure for agricultural land at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12.

Entertainment Friday evening will be “Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos.” The public is welcome to attend the dueling pianos show with a $5 donation to the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation at the door. The show will begin at approximately 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at the convention center.

At the convention, South Dakota Farmers Union delegates will finalize the organization’s policy for 2011, and elect delegates to attend the National Farmers Union Convention which will be held March 13-15 in San Antonio, TX.

The South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation will hold its annual fundraiser, “A Night on the Prairie,” Saturday evening of the convention with the doors opening at 5 p.m. The proceeds raised support the education programs of the South Dakota Farmers Union. Tickets are $50 and available throughout the convention.

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