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USDA Says Winter Wheat Crop Forecast for 88 Percent Jump

¬†SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s 2014 winter wheat crop is forecast to be up 88 percent from last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting the crop based on May 1 conditions to be 49.1 million bushels. ¬†Average yield is forecast at 45 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from last...
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Songbird Species Getting Pushed North into Canada

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The Baird’s sparrow for years has spent its summers in a mostly Canadian swath that dips into grassland prairies in North Dakota, Montana and far northern South Dakota. But the small songbird could opt for sole Canadian residency in the coming decades. Research from the U.S. Geological Survey’s EROS...
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USDA Puts Out Tips on Food Safety During a Midwest Storm Outage

WASHINGTON (AP) – Severe storms can knock out electricity and cause food to spoil, but the U.S. Agriculture Department says there are some ways to cut food waste and guard against illness. The agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service put out food safety recommendations for people in the Midwest and Great Plains who get...
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Noem, Thune Criticize EPA Streams, Wetlands Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) – Landlocked South Dakota is again fighting with the federal government about water – this time over whether the Obama administration can regulate streams and smaller bodies of water. Republicans U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and U.S. Sen. John Thune have criticized a proposal that would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate...
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