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Corn Congress in Washington This Week

National Corn Growers Association members are in Washington D.C. this week attending their Corn Congress and holiday a Rally for Rural America.

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Japanese Chefs Tour Minnesota Farms

A group of chefs from one of the largest hotel chains in Japan is touring farming operations in Minnesota this…

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Bill Establishing Naitonal Standard for GMO and Biotech Labeling

The House Agriculture Committee overwhelmingly approved the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.

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JBS Buys Cargill Pork Division

JBS SA, has received a commitment for up to $1.2 billion of long-term financing to be used with cash on…

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New Organic Agreement with Switzerland

A new organic equivalency agreement between the United States and Switzerland has been signed that streamlines the trans Atlantic flow of organic trade.

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New International Hog Disease Guidelines

A new international guideline for establishing negligible risk for Trichinae in swine has been finalized by the United Nation’s Codex Commission.

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South Dakota Farm Bureau Seeks New Executive Director

The South Dakota Farm Bureau is looking for a new Executive Director.

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Majority of Producers Meet Premium Payment Requirements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says more than 98 percent of producers have meet the 2014 Farm Bill requirement to certify conservation compliance in order to qualify for crop insurance premium support payments.

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Weather Conditions Promote Heat Stress in Cattle

Hot temperatures this week, mixed with high humidity will create heat stress conditions for cattle in the Northern Plains.

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Avera McKennan Cancer Doctors Tour Parker Farm

Cancer doctors from Avera McKennen toured the Bones Feedlot and Turner County Dairy near Parker, South Dakota on Friday to…

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Bill to Increase Federal Gas Tax Introduced

Legislation has been introduced in the House to increase the federal gas tax by 10 cents per gallon.

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National Convention for County Ag Agents in Sioux Falls

Over 1100 county extension agents from across the country are in Sioux Falls this week attending their 100th convention.

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Cattlement Continue to Push Against Brazilian and Argentinian Beef

House appropriation committee members passed an ag spending bill that includes an amendment to stop the USDA from implementing fresh beef imports.

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Imports of Fresh South American Beef Need More Research

House appropriators agreed to block imports of fresh beef from regions of Brazil and Argentina until USDA does further study.

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Meat Exports Down in May

Exports of U.S. beef and pork lost momentum in May, falling below year-ago levels in both volume and value. That’s…

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GIPSA Funding Left in House Appropriations Plan

Both R-CALF USA and the National Farmers Union are pleased the U.S. House appropriations committee passed a spending bill leaving…

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NE Farm Income to Drop Sharply in 2015

Economists are forecasting Nebraska’s farm income to drop close to 45 percent this year. The report was put out by…

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Heitkamp Introduces Rural Postal Act

Thursday North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp introduced legislation to improve rural mail service and delivery, plus increase protections for rural…

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Congress Working on Wind Production Tax Credit

Wind energy officials are hoping Congress approves tax extenders legislation including the production tax credit for wind projects before the…

Legislation Introduced to Help Young Farmers

Legislation has been introduced in the House to allow farmers and ranchers to be a part of an existing student…

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No Special Session for South Dakota Education

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The call for a special session of the South Dakota legislature has failed.

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Governor Addresses Camp for Gifted Students

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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard told students at the wrap up of the “Governors Camp” at USD in Vermillion today that their future is bright, but they have to make good choices.

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Historical Sites Eligible for Restoration Funding Assistance

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Private, public, and non-profit land owners are invited to apply for grants through the Deadwood Fund program.

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Keystone XL Groundwork Continues

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The groundwork is still under way as Trans Canada waits for final approvals of its plans to build the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.

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South Dakota Congresswoman Against Iran Nuclear Deal

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As members of Congress continue to scrutinize and debate the nuclear deal struck with Iran, South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem is in clear opposition to the deal.