South Dakota Farmers Union supports COOL locally and in D.C.

Farm Forum

HURON — South Dakota Farmers Union hosted a COOL rally May 8, 2015, in Watertown during President Obama’s visit to remind the administration to maintain country of origin labeling (COOL) as a federal law.

“We are working to keep COOL on people’s minds so they will remind Congressional leadership of the important role it plays in food safety,” said Doug Sombke, President of South Dakota Farmers Union. “COOL is a law that is important to everyone who wants to know where their food comes from.”

Along with the recent rally, Sombke, a fourth-generation Conde crop and cattle producer, will join National Farmers Union in D.C. the week of May 18 for a COOL Fly-In. He will be accompanied by Farmers Union members, Dick and Janet Kolousek, who raise cattle near Wessington Springs with their son, Scott, and his family.

“Farmers Union is a grassroots organization. Members from across the U.S. are going to attend this Fly-In so we can meet one-on-one with members of Congress and their staff about the value of keeping COOL a federal law,” Sombke explained.

If you want to keep COOL a federal law, contact your Congressional representatives by calling the switchboard to the Capitol at (202) 224-3121 and encourage them to leave COOL in our federal law. To learn more about South Dakota Farmers Union, visit