SDFU State Convention: Feb. 15-16 in Aberdeen

Farm Forum

ABERDEEN – Former South Dakota congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin will headline the list of speakers and presenters at the South Dakota Farmers Union’s 98th annual state convention Feb. 15-16, 2013, at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Aberdeen.

Herseth Sandlin, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2004-2011, is scheduled to speak at the family farm organization’s convention, themed “Building for the Future,” Friday, Feb. 15, at approximately 8 p.m. South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson, State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven and other speakers will address convention attendees throughout the two-day event.

A panel discussion on the future of public education in South Dakota will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. at the convention center. Aberdeen School Board member Duane Alm and Groton Area High School Principal Joe Schwan will be two of the panelists along with Sandra Waltman from the South Dakota Education Association and John Pedersen from the South Dakota United Schools Association.

At the convention, South Dakota Farmers Union delegates from across the state will gather to finalize the organization’s policy program for 2013 and elect delegates to attend the National Farmers Union convention to be held in Springfield, Mass., March 2-5.

Anyone who brings at least three non-perishable food items to the convention will receive free registration and free meals throughout the convention. The food will be donated to Aberdeen’s food pantry.

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 5:00 p.m. Live and silent auction items, prizes and a banquet are all included. The proceeds raised support the youth and adult education programs of the South Dakota Farmers Union. Tickets are $50 and available throughout the convention.

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