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CEO of Growth Energy Steps Down

Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis announced Friday he’s stepping down as Chief Executive officer of the organization that lobby’s on renewable fuel issues.

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Iowa Senator Calls for Review of Cargill Deal

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley wants the U.S. Justice Department’s Anti Trust Division to review the proposed acquisition by JBS of Cargill Pork.

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Short Term Highway Bill Not Ideal

Before adjourning for the August recess last week, the U.S. House passed a short term extension of the highway bill.


Ag Secretary Considering a Poultry Disaster Program

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wants Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers, similar to what’s in place for livestock producers.


Commodity Futures Trading Commission Funding in the Air

The chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Mike Conaway, says he’ll fight any increase in funding for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

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Wheat Quality Tour Shows Bumper Yields

The Wheat Quality Council’s Spring Wheat Tour wrapped up yesterday afternoon and the results indicated the Dakotas could be looking…

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Iowa Senator Calls for Review of JBS Acquisition

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley wants the U.S. Justice Department’s Anti Trust Division to review the proposed acquisition by JBS of Cargill Pork.

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Iowa Landowners File Against Dakota Access Pipeline Company

Iowa landowners from Boone, Cherokee and Buena Vista counties have filed a lawsuit in District Court in Cherokee County against Energy Transfer Partners.


Congress Moves on Transportation Bill

Congress has approved a highway bill ahead of taking off for the August recess.

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Ag Secretary Asks for Disaster Assistance for Poultry Producers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is calling on Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers similar to what’s…

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South Dakota Attorney General Challenges Waters of the US Rule

Attorneys General from 30 states including South Dakota are asking the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to delay the implementation of the Waters of the U.S. rule.

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MN Farmers Have Questions on Buffer Rule

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association has been meeting with their members updating them about the newly passed Buffer Zone law.…

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NE Ag Groups Working With Governor on Property Tax Fix

Nebraska Farm Bureau leaders are working with Governor Pete Ricketts and state lawmakers to find solutions to the rising property…


Sheep Market Strong, Seeing Evolving Structure

The sheep industry is looking at strong demand and prices in the midst of a continued evolution in the market.…

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Consumers Caution About Biotech Crops Unfounded

Consumers should not believe everything they read or see on the internet about the evils of biotech crops. SDSU Plant…


Coalition Supports COOL Including SDLMA

Over 140 agricultural and consumer groups are asking the Senate not to repeal or revise mandatory country of origin labeling.…


Trans Pacific Partnership Talks Continue

Further Trans Pacific Partnership discussions got underway in Hawaii this week.


Waters of the U.S. Rule Meets More Opposition

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Jim Inhofe says internal memos submitted by the Army Corps of Engineers to his panel undermines the Clean Water rule.

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Agriculture Exports to Cuba Could Benefit from New Credit Legislation

Senate Appropriators have approved legislative provisions that could ease credit restrictions on U.S. exports to Cuba.

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States Combine to Discuss Pipeline Project Concerns

A group of 14 organizations from South and North Dakota, Iowa and Illinois met recently to outline concerns about the Dakota Access Pipeline planned to cross their states.

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Internet Helps Area Business Grow


Online companies are becoming the preferred way to shop.

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Back To School Means Immunization Time


As a new school year approaches, it’s time to check children’s vaccination records.

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Vermillion Theaters To Be Maintained


A nonprofit group and the University of South Dakota are partnering to maintain movie theaters in downtown Vermillion.

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New Dean Settling In


Donald Easton-Brooks has been on the job as Dean of the School of Education at the University of South Dakota for about six weeks.

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Clean Air Rules To Impact Local Utilities

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Utility companies are reading through the new clean air rules released by President Obama this week.