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Feeding South Dakota buys 10 tons of pork thanks to donation from soybean growers

Dominik Dausch
Farm Forum

Roughly 20,000 pounds of pork loin will be made available to hungry families this winter, thanks to a donation from a big name in South Dakota ag.

This week South Dakota Soybean Association announced it had made a $40,000 donation to Feeding South Dakota, which was used by the hunger-relief program to purchase the protein for its food pantries, meal sites and shelters.

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The donation comes as Feeding South Dakota says more people are utilizing its services amid difficulties keeping their shelves stocked.

“The protein provided through pork products is essential to a nutritional diet,” Lori Dykstra, CEO of Feeding South Dakota, said in a statement. “We’re thankful that soybean farmers are bringing food to the table of families facing hunger in South Dakota with this donation.”

Eagle Butte-based The Mustard Seed, one of Feeding South Dakota's agency partners, plans to distribute the donated pork to residents of their homeless shelter and to low-income families who won't be able to sustain themselves on food program assistance alone.

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The money from the donation comes from the soybean checkoff, a fund that takes 0.5% of the market price per bushel sold each season in South Dakota, which the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council uses for research, education and philanthropic applications.

Dominik Dausch is the agriculture and environment reporter for the Argus Leader and editor of Farm Forum. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook @DomDNP and send news tips to ddausch@gannett.com.