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South Dakota National Guard Prepares for Furloughs

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The military says more than half of South Dakota National Guard employees will be affected by furloughs beginning next month. The Guard says 540 full-time employees out of 958 in the South Dakota National Guard are affected by the budget cuts, known as sequestration. The Rapid City Journal reports...
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SD Panel Proposes Changes in Waterfowl Seasons

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed some changes for this fall’s duck and goose hunting seasons. Proposed changes for the duck season include increasing the daily limit for scaup from four to six, and increasing the possession limit for ducks, coots and mergansers from two times...
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Crop Insurance Rule Causing Confusion for Some

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Some Upper Midwest farmers are worried they won’t qualify for crop insurance on land they couldn’t plant because it was too wet. At issue is a rule affecting whether farmers qualify for “prevented planting” payments for cropland that’s too wet or dry to plant. To qualify, a farmer has to...
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SD Branded-Beef Program Fails to Meet Expectations

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Certified Beef program was launched with great fanfare eight years ago, but it has fallen short of its goal of helping farmers and ranchers sell state-branded beef as a premium product commanding higher prices. Mike Rounds, who was governor at the time, said he hoped people would...
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