Aberdeen farmer running for National Farmers Union vice president

ABERDEEN, S.D.(Aberdeen American News)- Jeff Kippley, a fifth-generation crop and cattle producer and small business owner from Aberdeen is running for vice president of National Farmers Union.

Kippley sees policy change as key to improving agriculture crop and cattle markets.

“Farmers Union is working on policy to impact three areas that will encourage fair markets for agriculture producers,” Kippley said in a news release. “First, break up corporate monopolies, which impact the cost of inputs when we are buying seed, chemical and fertilizer or our markets when we sell crops, cattle and other livestock. Second, country-of-origin labeling. Farmers Union is working to allow consumers to know where food comes from. And third, higher ethanol blends, like E30. We see value in implementing policy to support this clean fuel drivers can use today, rather than focus all clean energy efforts on electric cars of the future.”

In addition to the Aberdeen cow/calf and crop operation he and his wife, Rachel run, the couple own and operate a tax preparation business, The Kippley Group. As a tax adviser, Kippley has a unique perspective when he discusses the importance of improving farm profits.

Kippley says in addition to the grassroots policy, he values the family-run farm and ranch focus of Farmers Union.

Kippley currently serves on the National Farmers Union board of directors as a Next Generation Leader. Kippley has also participated in the National Farmers Union Fly-In. He and his wife also served as members of the 2018 Farmers Union Enterprises Couples Leadership Program.

More information about Kippley can be found at, www.sdfu.org/KippleyforVP.

The National Farmers Union election is during convention in Denver Feb. 27 to March 1. Delegates from Farmers Union organizations in each state vote.