South Dakota Farm Bureau finalizes policy book ahead of legislative session

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - The South Dakota Farm Bureau is finalizing their policy here in Rapid City ahead of the legislative session which is happening in a few months.

Friday was the first day of their 101st annual South Dakota Farm Bureau Convention.

The South Dakota Farm Bureau voting delegation is looking at which polices they want to send to Pierre for the upcoming legislative session.

South Dakota Farm Bureau district 1 director, Reid Jensen, says “The South Dakota Farm Bureau is one of the largest farm organizations in the state of South Dakota. So we do have an impact and whatever policies we make here, people take up and take notice to those."

With lots of changes in the recent political races, this organization is ready to work with both sides of the isle.

"I think as far as an organization we're willing to work with republicans and democrats on farming issues. We are all about compromise and trying to reach those compromises on the issues that affect us most," states Jensen.

One of the topics they were talking about was tariffs. At the beginning of the New Year would could see more of those impacting the agriculture industry.

South Dakota Farm Bureau district 4 director, Stacy Hadrick, explains "the national policy and the people that are working to change trade and make trade better for us in agriculture, we're are going to have to go through some bumps until we get that sorted out, and unfortunately it has hurt in some ways.”

If you would like more information on some of their policies or how to get involved, you can visit their website at sdfbf.org.