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Farmers Union Celebrates the tradition of Camp Season

More than 1,729 youth, ages 6 to 18, learned about cooperatives, developed leadership skills and celebrated South Dakota's agriculture industry together by attending a Farmers Union County, District or State camp this summer.

"Camps ensure the tradition of educating our youth on the importance of cooperatives, leadership at the local level, and farm safety,” says Rachel Haigh-Blume, S.D. Farmers Union Education Director.

Each year, Haigh-Blume, along with a team of interns and members of the Junior and Senior Advisory Council, develop camp programming which achieves the aforementioned goals through fun, age-appropriate activities.

This summer Farmers Union held more than 57 county camps, three district camps (seven districts participating), one local camp and a State Leadership Camp.

"Camp season is a great example of how Farmers Union, as a grassroots organization, led by its membership, can have a positive impact on rural communities," said Doug Sombke, S.D. Farmers Union President.

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Junior REAL

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2016 Fall Junior REAL Schedule Announced

South Dakota Farmers Union has the 2016 Fall dates set for the Junior Rural Economic and Leadership Program (Jr. REAL) featuring Holly Hoffman from Survivor.

2016 Dates:
Coleman Egan/Flandreau- October 25
Sioux Valley- October 26
Groton- November 2
Britton/Hecla- November 3

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REAL Program

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2016-2017 REAL Applications Now Available

South Dakota Farmers Union is currently accepting applications for participants in the 2016-2017 Rural Economic and Leadership (REAL) Development Program. REAL allows the opportunity to meet people from throughout the state while learning how to motivate yourself and your community toward financial growth, stability, and a positive future.

Please go online to http://www.sdfu.org/education/real-program to register or call (605) 352-6761 ext 125 and talk to Rachel. Get involved. Be Changed.

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    November 19, 2015

Quiz Bowl

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Farmers Union Quiz Bowl Encourages Youth to Think about Farm & Ranch Safety

McCook Central FFA Chapter won the championship round of the Farmers Union Team Up for Safety Quiz Bowl held today during Farmers Union Day at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.

McCook Central FFA Chapter is one of four FFA Chapters which placed in the Farmers Union Team Up for Safety Quiz Bowl held in conjunction with the 2016 South Dakota State FFA Convention this April in Brookings.

Team members of the McCook Central FFA Chapter include: Cole Grasma, Melissa Lauck, Jordan Scheier and Leslie Kolbeck: Other FFA Chapters who competed and their team members include: Viborg/Hurley FFA Chapter, team members include: Alison Knutson, Logan Slack, Abby Hora and Annie Wirth: Sunshine Bible FFA Chapter, team members include; Chris Hass, Evan Lopez, Shelby Belmare and Titus Deal: and the Lyman FFA Chapter, team members include; Sage Mowery, Conrad Mohr-Eymer, Eli Fanning and Grant Stewart.

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