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Wheat Production Estimates Mixed in the Dakotas

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Wheat production is expected to be up in North Dakota this year but down in South Dakota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest projections estimate North Dakota’s spring wheat crop at 214 million bushels, up 28 percent over the year, and durum wheat at 41.9 million bushels, up 130 percent....
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Thune Urges Opening CRP Acres to Haying, Grazing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Sen. John Thune is asking Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to release Conservation Reserve Program acres for emergency haying and grazing in South Dakota because of continuing drought conditions. The South Dakota Republican sent a letter to the secretary on Monday saying a dry spring, higher than normal temperatures and...
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SD Demo House Candidate Issues Farm Policies

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Democratic U.S. House candidate Matt Varilek says the next farm bill should be designed to help family farmers and ranchers. Varilek is challenging Republican Rep. Kristi Noem for South Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House. He says farm programs should include caps on payments so assistance goes to family...
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SD Legislative Panel Approves Rural Health Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative committee has approved the state Health Department’s plan for a revamped program that will help recruit health care professionals to rural communities. The program was approved by the Legislature earlier this year. The Legislature’s Rules Review Committee has now endorsed the state Health Department’s rules for...
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