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MITCHELL, S.D.—The clock is ticking on the current iteration of the farm bill, and South Dakota's three congressional delegates were on hand at state's biggest farm show of the year to talk shop with area farmers. Below the roof of the Reaves Building at Dakotafest in Mitchell, U.S. Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem sat shielded from the much-needed rain to answer questions about the ag industry amid a drought-stricken summer in their home state.
MITCHELL, S.D.—A summer scare for Mitchell's top tourist destination was narrowly avoided. Despite an excessively dry summer, Corn Palace Director Scott Schmidt said the city will have enough corn to decorate the nine corn murals surrounding the World's Only Corn Palace.
WASHINGTON — South Dakota's U.S. senators are keeping the health care reform rhetoric optimistic, but both acknowledged President Donald Trump's social media outbursts aren't doing the American public any favors. During separate media calls Thursday, Republicans Mike Rounds and John Thune expressed disappointment in Trump's early morning attack of MSNBC personality Mika Brzezinski, noting Trump's continued social media assaults distract from the more important issues at hand. "It most certainly is not helpful," Rounds said.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Senate bill for health care reform is still a long way from approval, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds said. While Rounds said the ouster of former FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump has stolen the spotlight in Washington, D.C., the Republican senator told reporters on a conference call Thursday that there's plenty of work to be done to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
COLOME, S.D. — If TransCanada tries to build the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline through South Dakota, the company will first have to go through John Harter. Four miles of Harter's land near Colome is included in the planned route of the Keystone XL pipeline, 315 miles of which runs through South Dakota on its way from Canada to Nebraska, and Harter said he's yet to hear from TransCanada regarding a construction timeline.
MITCHELL, S.D. — A 4 million-acre reduction in corn projected in 2017 could prove beneficial for farmers. With corn prices falling from the $3.60 range to the around $3 from 2015-2016 to today, the commodity price could be in line for a bounceback if the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2017 projections are correct.
MITCHELL, S.D. — 'Tis the season for spring weight limits on South Dakota roads, but the fines collected from overweight trucks is minimal compared to the cost of repairs.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds said a 21 percent cut in the U.S. Department of Agriculture budget is "not necessarily" fair. During a call with reporters Thursday, March 16, the South Dakota Republican said what's included in President Donald Trump's first proposed budget — which includes a $4.7 billion cut to the USDA — will be less likely to impact South Dakotans whan what's included in the next farm bill.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is hoping to see the next iteration of the Farm Bill get kicked over to the Senate well in advance of its expiration. The Agriculture Act of 2014, commonly known as the Farm Bill, is set to expire after the 2018 fiscal year, but Noem said Wednesday that discussion to renew the act is about to heat up.
PIERRE, S.D. — Former U.S. Rep. and Presho native Clint Roberts, affectionately known as the "Marlboro Man," died Sunday night, Feb. 12, leaving behind a long list of political accomplishments and interesting stories.