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South Dakota farmer runs for national Farmers Union office

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Fifth-generation farmer, Jeff Kippley is running to serve as vice-president of National Farmers Union. Kippley farms with his dad, John and wife, Rachel near Aberdeen, South Dakota. Learn more about Kippley at www.sdfu.org/KippleyforVP

The attached interview above is from SDPB's daily public-affairs show, In the Moment.

South Dakota will have a candidate for national office in the National Farmers Union. Jeff Kippley is a crop and cattle farmer from Aberdeen. He and his wife also own a tax preparation business. Kippley has announced his candidacy for vice-president of the National Farmers Union. Kippley says that policy changes are needed to improve the markets. 

“The big thing is, we gotta get back to mandatory country of origin labeling, M-COOL. Back when we had that, prior to 2015, we had some pretty good cattle prices and were on the profitable side as a cow-calf operation. Since they went back on the regulations and started letting the packers take advantage of the cow-calf guys over the last  three to four years, we’ve seen record prices in the grocery stores and very low prices for the producers.” 

The election of national leadership for the National Farmers Union is scheduled for February 28 at the national convention.