DRA Stands With Tribes Defending Public Health, Tribal Sovereignty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 12, 2020 Contact: John Harter, DRA Board Chair, johnharter11@yahoo.com, (605) 840-9478 Rebecca Terk, DRA Senior Organizer, rebeccat@dakotarural.org, (605) 697-5204 x260 Dakota Rural Action Stands With Tribes in Defending Public Health, Tribal Sovereignty Last Friday, South Dakota … Continued

Navigating COVID-19 Relief for Farmers

Assistance from federal and state programs can make a difference for farmers in this crisis. Below is a guide to information on current relief programs related to COVID-19 & how they apply to farmers. Updated 5/4 ⇒Navigating COVID-19 Relief for … Continued

Homegrown Resiliency Survey

  Homegrown Resiliency Through Community Empowerment  In the middle of a pandemic, grassroots community members are coming together to build resiliency.  Homegrown Sioux Empire, the Sioux Falls area chapter of Dakota Rural Action that has been focusing on providing education, … Continued

SD Local Foods Network Listening Sessions

For Immediate Release: May 4, 2020 Media Contact: Dakota Rural Action, Eowyn Corral, eowync@dakotarural.org  South Dakota Local Foods Network South Dakota Local Foods Network Announces Upcoming Listening Session Opportunities The South Dakota Local Foods Network (Network) invites those interested in … Continued

Update On Agricultural Aid

USDA Release More Information, Many Questions Remain Late last Friday (April 17th), Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a  $19 billion Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program and last night more details were released. While we know a bit more from these … Continued

Much Ag Aid Promised, Very Little Available Right Now

Agricultural Aid Promised in Response to Covid-19, Little Available Right Now.   The water remains murky when it comes to COVID-19 relief for farmers. The US Department of Agriculture’s plans around the $9.5 Billion earmarked for agricultural producers in the Coronavirus … Continued

Smithfield Foods to close Sioux Falls plant indefinitely.

Smithfield Foods to close Sioux Falls plant indefinitely amid COVID-19 outbreak   Smithfield Foods will close its Sioux Falls facility until further notice, the company announced Sunday in a news release. Dakota Rural Action is so thankful that Smithfield employees … Continued

Rural Electric Cooperative Shut Off policy

Ask SD Rural Electric Cooperatives for Non-Shut Off Policies   By Rick Bell, Black Hills DRA Chapter and Community Energy Development Committee Chairperson    Ask our SD electric cooperatives to develop a policy not to disconnect people from service during … Continued

Stand With Smithfield Workers, Stand With Community!

We need to keep pressure for a 14 day closure with widespread testing upon reopening. 3 days is not enough time to ensure this doesn’t continue to be a hotspot for spread. Smithfield Foods will close its Sioux Falls plants … Continued