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South Dakota Farmers Hit Pay Dirt During D.C. Fly-In

September 21, 2009

WASHINGTON - The chief of the South Dakota Farmers Union says his group and hundreds of other Farmers Union members from across the country pushed for health care reform, cap-and-trade carbon control proposals, and rectifying bad trade deals in the national capital last week. They were taking part in the annual "fly-in" to Washington as members of Congress returned from their summer break. The South Dakota delegation was headed by president Doug Sombke, who says the effort was a big success, and that they talked about things that need work.

"We want to make sure that this administration fixes a few of the trade negotiations that were made over the past eight-plus years that haven't been so good for farmers."

He says South Dakotans who may not know the facts about issues such as health care reform need to go right to the source for answers.

"My advice to everyone is; don't listen to the rhetoric. Check it out yourself. Ask the questions. You need to call and visit with the Congress representatives that we have."

Sombke says when it comes to cap-and-trade proposals, farmers need a say in the carbon-trading discussion, which will be a "bottom line" financial issue for many farm operations concerned about production costs.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - SD