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Some Federal Help Available for Storm-Hit SD Ranchers

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A federal Agriculture Department official says there is some federal government help available to South Dakota ranchers who lost cattle to an early October blizzard, but it’s limited. Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse says a Natural Resources Conservation Service program called the Environmental Quality Incentives...
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Wyoming FFA Association Collects Donations for SD Ranchers

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – The Wyoming FFA Association is collecting donations to help South Dakota ranchers whose cattle died in a blizzard earlier this month. Local FFA chapters are dropping off collection cans at businesses throughout Wyoming. The storm Oct. 4-7 dumped up to 4 feet of snow in places and killed 15,000-30,000 cattle....
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Wildlife Officials Seek Protection for Butterflies

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Federal wildlife officials are proposing threatened or endangered species status for two Upper Midwest butterflies in the wake of rapid population declines. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to publish its proposal to protect the Dakota skipper and the Poweshiek skipperling in Thursday’s edition of the Federal Register....
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$15K to Help Ranchers, Sturgis Businesses

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – The $15,000 that usually goes to Sturgis Rally Charities will instead go to ranchers affected by the early October blizzard. KBHB radio reports that the funds will be split, with half going to Meade County producers and half helping Sturgis businesses recover from the storm. The city will also donate...
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