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USDA Says Dakotas Ranchers to Get Federal Blizzard Help Soon

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Congressional delegation members from the Dakotas say the U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to expedite implementation of a farm bill provision that will help ranchers in the Dakotas hurt by an early October blizzard. The farm bill passed by Congress last week restarts a livestock disaster program that...
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Program Provides $35 Million to Help Conservation

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – The federal government is setting aside $35 million over three years to help landowners conserve wetlands and grasslands in the five-state Prairie Pothole Region. The money is part of an incentive program built into the farm bill that President Obama signed into law earlier this month. It includes conservation grants,...
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Thune: Ranchers Might Get Blizzard Help Soon

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Sen. John Thune says South Dakota ranchers hurt by an early October blizzard could get help through the new farm bill as early as April. The farm bill passed by Congress last week restarts a livestock disaster program that had expired. Lawmakers have pressed the Agriculture Department to...
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SD Gets $4.5 Million to Boost Small Business Loans

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Treasury Department is providing South Dakota with nearly $4.5 million to help a state program expand its lending program for small businesses. The State Small Business Credit Initiative provides federal money to state agencies for lending and investing programs. The federal money will go to the South Dakota...
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