Big Win for South Dakota Agriculture

South Dakota State University Precision Agriculture project has been funded. One of the big WINS for agriculture this year in the South Dakota Legislature.  Renovations and remodeling for Berg Hall will have to be raised by SDSU but they have funding for the new building and authority for the whole project and can proceed. Thank […]

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The Rural Lobbyist: Precision Agriculture Bills Remain Alive

The South Dakota State University Precision Agriculture bills remain alive and looking for funding. Both House and Senate bills  have passed and are now sitting at the bottom of House and Senate agenda’s waiting for a funding decision. More action to come next week on these bills. HB 1184 was an  Act to provide certain […]

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The Rural Lobbyist: Ethanol Infrastructure Bill Dies in Committee

South Dakota State University’s precision agriculture facility had a hearing in both the House #1264 and Senate #183 this week. Both bills are identical however they have no funding. Procedurally this is a process that is often used on important bills to keep options open in both houses.  The bills give permission to the Board […]

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What you need to know about the ELD Rule.

For motor carriers hauling stock and other Ag commodities the thought of complying with an entirely new mandate is overwhelming.  Many haulers believe they will be subject to completely different regulations and electronic devices capable of shutting down their trucks when daily driving limits have been reached. In today’s age of social media communication this misinformation […]

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The Rural Lobbyist: Non-Meandered Water and Precision Agriculture Bills Move Forward

Non-meandered water took another step toward finality this week. Senate bill 199, an attempt to provide a petition process for opening and closing water, was unable to garner enough votes to see a debate on the Senate floor. Expect to see the Governor’s Senate bill 24 working to extend the current summer session language until 2022 […]

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The Rural Lobbyist: Non-meandered water up for discussion with SB 199 and 24.

The Governor signed Senate Bill 26, which was introduced by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to require Class A grain buyers to provide a financial statement to the PUC quarterly rather than semi-annually. A small step to increase the transparency into their financial health. S. D. Farmers Union supported and urged its passage. Non-meandered water continues […]

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The Rural Lobbyist: E-30 Resolution Passes House Transportation Committee

This week proved to be a very busy one in Pierre as all bill drafts needed to be submitted by the end of the week. Currently there are 319 House bills and 215 Senate bills, these numbers are considerably more than last year. The new legislators are now in their second year, understand the process […]

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The Rural Lobbyist: Non-Meandered Water and New Bill Introductions

Highlights from this week in Pierre included action on non-meandered water and the introduction of many new bills. Governor Duagaard’s Senate bill 24 which extends the sunset date of the summer special session legislation, passed committee and is now waiting for action on the floor of the Senate. The House passed an identical bill out […]

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The Rural Lobbyist: S.D. Farmers Union Hard at Work During First Weeks of Session

The first two weeks of session have been busy ones, filled with committee meetings and discussion on bills that will shape the 93rd legislative session. S.D. Farmers Union was hard at work in the capitol advocating for and identifying key bills that will be of priority in the months to come. Non-meandered water issues carried […]

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S.D. Farmers Union to Sen. Rounds: EPA must comply with will of Congress

Earlier this week S.D. Farmers Union President Doug Sombke called upon Senator Mike Rounds, a member of the Senate EPW Committee,  to urge EPA to abide by the will of Congress and comply with section 202(1) of the Clean Air Act. Sombke was motivated to write  by EPW Chairman John Barrosso’s recent letter to Pruitt criticizing […]

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