(Senate - June 27, 2013)

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[Page S5492]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []


 Mr. THUNE. Mr. President, today I wish to honor the South 
Dakota Wheat Growers as it celebrates its 90th anniversary. Over the 
years, the Wheat Growers has faithfully served member-owners by 
promoting integrity through business transactions, providing customers 
with reliable markets, and practicing sustainability through the best 
applications of science and technology. The Wheat Growers aims to meet 
the food challenges our world faces by coupling the expertise of 
farmers in the Dakotas with state-of-the-art technology and facilities 
to improve production agriculture capabilities.
  The Wheat Growers was established in 1923 as a response to widespread 
farm bankruptcies caused by depressed wheat prices. Through their 
collaboration and commitment to serving South Dakota farmers, the Wheat 
Growers endured the Great Depression and has since expanded its grain 
storage capacity and farming supply services. It continues to develop 
its industry as it seeks new opportunities for expansion and value-
added potential for producers.
  Today, the Wheat Growers serves 5,400 member-owners in eastern North 
and South Dakota, markets 160 million bushels annually, and operates in 
37 locations. I would like to thank the Leadership Team, the Board, and 
delegates of the Wheat Growers who have committed their time and energy 
to helping member-owners succeed in agricultural production. On behalf 
of the State of South Dakota, I am honored to have this opportunity to 
congratulate the South Dakota Wheat Growers for 90 successful years of 
service in providing a healthy market for producers and consumers. 
Congratulations to the Wheat Growers as it celebrates its 90th 
anniversary in Aberdeen, SD, on Friday, June 28th.