Doug Sombke

When it comes to agriculture and the Biden administration, there are a few key areas to keep an eye on, including trade policy and environmental incentives and regulations. Soil carbon storage incentives and biofuel support are topics to watch. Immigration policy impacts farm labor and the food production chain. 

In this week's In the Moment podcast, we dive into the question: "What will Biden's administration mean for South Dakota's agriculture industry?"


Kevin McNew, Chief Economist with the Farmers Business Network |


In The Moment … December 3, 2020 Show 953 Hour 2

South Dakota farmers and producers were struggling, even before the pandemic. What's the outlook heading into a long winter. And how might a Biden administration impact South Dakota Farmers and producers? Doug Sombke is president of the South Dakota Farmers Union. He joins us today with a look ahead at topics like trade, climate change, and regulations in 2021.

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In The Moment ... March 26, 2019 Show 543 Hour 2

Doug Sombke is president of South Dakota Farmers Union. He joins In the Moment to discuss how flooding is impacting ag families in the state, especially in the context of market prices and additional economic pressures.

In The Moment  ... January 29, 2019 Show 504 Hour 2

The trade war between the U.S. and China is far from over. South Dakota farmers await resolution as recent developments in American/Chinese relations further complicate the conversation and have many wondering whether the battle over tariffs will get worse before it gets better.

South Dakota Farmers Union president Doug Sombke shares his opinions and concerns.

In The Moment ... November 26, 2018 Show 466 Hour 2

South Dakota farmers and producers speak out about the clear, unambiguous labeling of meat. They are asking the federal government to ensure  that lab-cultured protein not be labeled as meat when it is marketed to consumers.

The USDA is accepting public comment on the issue until November 26.

We're joined by Doug Sombke, president of the South Dakota Farmers Union,  and South Dakota producers Brett Kenzy and Scott Kolousek.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota US Senator Mike Rounds says he’s pleased the Trump administration is recognizing the impact of trade uncertainty.
Earlier this week, the administration announced $12 billion dollars in aid to offset tariffs.
Critics in the state are calling it another farm subsidy.

In The Moment ... June 12, 2018 Show 356 Hour 1

Is there a pathway for expansion of ethanol markets or are fuel economy regulations in the way? Are those regulations effective for other reasons? To help us understand current EPA rules and to discuss the Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule, we're joined by Doug Sombke, President of the South Dakota Farmers Union.

In The Moment ... December 5, 2017 Show 233 Hour 1 

Doug Sombke was reelected to serve as President of South Dakota Farmers Union during the organization's 102nd State Convention in Huron recently.

He joins us with highlights from the convention, including thoughts on tax reform, the estate tax, and health insurance for rural South Dakotans.

South Dakota Farmers Union president Doug Sombke and ag writer Lura Roti join Midday to talk about life on the farm and the “Celebrate Farm Families” initiative, an online  project to document the lives of farmers and farm families.