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Farmers Union Pleased Nutrition Back In The Farm Bill

 

The US House has passed a rule putting nutrition and the SNAP program back into the farm bill and that should help lawmakers get it moved forward and passed. South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke sees that as one of the more positive developments lately regarding farm policy.

Sombke says without those ties it’s almost impossible to get a farm bill passed. He says the government shutdown creates more uncertainty and confusion for farmers and will hamper their ability to get federally backed loans.

He says he’s completely disgusted at the leadership in Washington D.C. at any level to let this government shut down happen without any compromises for the nation’s best interest.

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South Dakota Democrats Talk Medicaid Expansion

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Medicaid expansion continues to be on the South Dakota legislative agenda.

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House Education Committee Repeals Foundation Funding

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The South Dakota House Education Committee voted to repeal the foundation funding legislation.

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Lots Of Lobbying On Gas Tax Proposal

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One Iowa State Senator says the lobbying has been intense as the legislature prepares to take up a proposal to increase the state gas tax.

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Sioux Falls Flood Map Discussed

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South Dakota’s Congressional delegation met with the Federal Emergency Management Agency this week to talk about new flood maps for the City of Sioux Falls.