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National Pork Council Pleased With USTR Appointee

The Senate has confirmed Michael Froman as the new U.S. Trade Representative replacing Ron Kirk.  The National Pork Producers Council is pleased with the appointment. NPPC Vice President and Trade Counsel Nick Giordano says Froman is a good choice for the position and will be helpful for agriculture and the pork industry.

Giordano says while Froman doesn’t have an agricultural background, neither have most of the past Trade Representatives. He thinks Froman will handle the Trans Atlantic Trade Initiative Partnership talks well and will need to hit the ground running as that will be a difficult deal to negotiate.

He says Froman will need to hold the Europeans feet to the fire on coming to the table on working out their non tariff trade barriers and phytosanitary issues

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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.