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Weed-Free Forage Certification Available to Producers

Hay producers can add value to their product by having it certified noxious weed-free forage through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA). “This is a win-win situation. A farmer can get a better price for their forage and it helps prevent the spread of noxious weeds,” said Ron Moehring, state weed supervisor and...
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Pierre National Honor Society Member Wins National Scholarship

Hannah Gates, a senior and member of the National Honor Society (NHS) at T.F. Riggs High School, has been named one of 500 national semifinalists in the National Honor Society Scholarship program. Gates was chosen from more than 11,000 applicants and will receive a $2,850 scholarship.  “Hannah is a pretty special kid,” says Assistant...
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US consumer prices rose a modest 0.2 percent in April

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer prices rose a modest 0.2 percent in April, lifted by higher gas costs, a sign that inflation pressures remain muted. The Labor Department said Thursday that the consumer price index increased 2.5 percent in April from a year earlier, the biggest annual gain in 14 months. Yet excluding the...
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Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Sioux Falls

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has confirmed that an infestation of emerald ash borer (EAB) has been discovered in northern Sioux Falls. This is the first confirmed infestation in South Dakota. Emerald ash borer is an invasive insect that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in at least 32 states....
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Drought Reduces Prairie Grouse Numbers on the Fort Pierre National Grassland

A total of 354 male greater prairie-chickens and 65 male sharp-tailed grouse were counted this spring on a portion of the Fort Pierre National Grassland in central South Dakota.  USDA Forest Service staff have conducted standardized surveys there since 1988.  This year’s tallies are lower than 2017’s counts of 421 greater prairie-chickens and 80...
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Pierre Police Department Gets Radar Guns with Highway Grant Funds

The Pierre Police Department has purchased some new equipment for patrol cars thanks to a Highway Safety Grant. The grant was for over $23,600 and chief Jason Jones told the city commission at last night’s (Tues.) meeting, the funds were used to buy radar guns.   As a side note, the Pierre Police Department...
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New Boarding Bridge is Operational at Pierre Regional Airport

People flying out of the Pierre Regional Airport no longer have to walk outside to get onto their plane. City commissioner Blake Barringer says the new boarding bridge looks nice and increases safety for passengers and workers.
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SDSU Extension Hosts Youth Hazardous Occupation Safety Training in Agriculture

Youth planning to work on a farm or ranch this summer are encouraged to attend one of four Hazardous Occupations Safety Training for Agriculture courses hosted by SDSU Extension this summer. The HOSTA programs aims to help teach those young employees about the dangers associated with working on the farm and ranch. “The agricultural...
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AAA: Iran Sanctions Could Lead to Higher Gas Prices in South Dakota

The US re-imposing of economic sanctions on Iran could lead to higher gas prices across South Dakota – where drivers are already paying an average of almost $2.70 a gallon, the most they’ve paid in years. President Trump announced yesterday that the US would be re-imposing economic sanctions against Iran and withdrawing from the...
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NASA, Uber team up to get flying taxis off the ground

LOS ANGELES (AP) – NASA and Uber have signed an agreement to explore putting flying taxis in the skies over US cities. NASA said Tuesday that it will begin simulations for so-called “urban air mobility” vehicles that also include delivery drones. The announcement comes as the Uber Elevate summit in Los Angeles brings together...
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