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Comment Period Extended for Dietary Guidelines

North American Meat Institute officials are pleased the comment period for the recommended dietary guidelines have been extended until May 8 of 2015.


Committee to Begin Changing COOL Law

Next week the House Agriculture Committee is expected to begin marking up legislation to repeal or modify the country of origin labeling law.


Nebraska Farm Bureau Backing Estate Tax Repeal

Legislation calling for repeal of the Estate Tax is expected to be heard in the House Ways and Means Committee next week.

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Environmental Groups Disapprove House Budget Resolution

Environmental Working Group officials are not happy with the House Budget Resolution released this week.

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Budget Resolution to Cut Ag Spending

The U.S. House budget resolution they’re proposing would direct the House Ag Committee to cut $ 1 billion over 10 years.


Iowa Senator Calls for Action Against Des Moines

The lawsuit filed by the Des Moines Waterworks against Sac, Buena Vista and Calhoun counties has drawn the ire of a Northwest Iowa State Senator.

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South Dakota Stock Growers Against Extra Check Off Dollar

Thirty two Agricultural groups, including South Dakota Stock Growers, sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and to leaders of the House and Senate Ag Committees asking them to reject the dollar increase in the Beef Check Off.


Trade Promotion Authority Discussed By Farmers Union

Trade and trade promotion authority was part of the discussion at the just concluded National Farmers Union Convention in Wichita, Kansas.

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South Dakota Cattlemen’s President Pleased with Check Off Group

The leader of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association is encouraged by the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the majority of organizations involved in the Beef Check Off working group.

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Farm Bureau Leaders Head to Washington

State Farm Bureau leaders were in Washington D.C. last week working on a number of issues.

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U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Calls for Further Check Off Reform

The majority of the beef industry groups involved in the Beef Check Off working group have signed a memorandum of understanding that calls for a dollar per head increase in the beef check off.

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Railroads Could Pay Safety Upgrade Tax

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is proposing Railroads pay for a safety upgrade tax that would amount to $ 100,000 annually.


South Dakota Farm Bureau Pleased with Infrastructure Funding

South Dakota Farm Bureau officials are pleased with state legislative passage of the infrastructure funding legislation.

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Higher Farm Bill Costs Could Lead to Cuts

Last week the Congressional Budget Office projected higher costs for the Farm Bill programs than it expected in 2014, shortly after passage of the measure.


Governor Signs Raw Milk Measure

Friday, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed SB 45, a compromise measure that defines raw milk for human consumption.


Higher Insurance Rates Possible for Truckers

National Grain and Feed Association leaders are concerned about a proposed Department of Transportation Rule that could lead to significantly…

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More Funding for Waterway Infrastructure Needed

The Waterways Council along with 40 other business groups have some concerns with the President’s budget plan as it regards the country’s waterways system.

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Minnesota Governor Proposes Increase Buffer Zones

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is backing legislation to increase the buffer zones along waterways on agricultural operations.

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Proposed Air Quality Standards Worries Farm Bureau

The American Farm Bureau Federation is concerned about proposed air quality standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.


Less Corn Needed for Ethanol Production

A USDA report this week indicates the amount of corn necessary to make a gallon of ethanol is less than previously believed.

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SD Prison Inmate Missing

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A prison inmate from the Yankton unit has not returned.

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Yankton Initiative To Offer $10,000 For Next Big Idea


A new group called “Onward Yankton” has been teasing what they have been calling a new initiative for the community.

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Sediment In Lake An Issue

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The amount of sediment flowing into Lewis and Clark Lake from the Niobrara River have groups struggling to find a solution.

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Camping Reservations Being Taken


With warm weather around the corner, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is gearing up for vacation season and already getting reservations for camping sites at many of the state parks.

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Nebraska Senate Debates Gas Tax

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A bill that would increase the gas tax in Nebraska by six cents a gallon will be up for debate this week.