Post Tagged with: "agriculture"

Farm Votes Carry Weight in 2016

Farm Votes Carry Weight in 2016

Agriculture matters, and whoever wins the GOP nomination will need to dominate in the rural agriculture areas in key electoral states in order to win their electoral votes.

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A Chance to Return to Free Market Agriculture

A Chance to Return to Free Market Agriculture

Congress has a unique opportunity to spend time without the pressure of various cliffs and shutdown deadlines to create a pathway to a more free-market-oriented agriculture policy over the next few years with the contentious 2014 farm bill out of the way.

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An example of Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL) for food (Source: USDA)

An Open Letter to Rep. Noem on COOL

An open letter to Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) on Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL) for food, from Bill Kluck, Vice-President of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.

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Budgeting for Dependency and Big Government

Budgeting for Dependency and Big Government

You can tell a lot about someone’s priorities by sneaking a peak at their budget. From churches and charities to Fortune 500 companies and individual households, financial statements show true colors, not just lip service. President Obama’s recently-released budget is no different and it showed the world what we already knew — he’s a tax-and-spend liberal with out-of-whack priorities.

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Whacking Farmers with the Clean Water Act

Whacking Farmers with the Clean Water Act

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers are at it again, seeking to regulate every puddle, creek, and ditch in America as “navigable waters” under the terms of the Clean Air Act — even though you probably couldn’t navigate a paper boat through them.

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The Ag Subsidy From a Different Angle

The Ag Subsidy From a Different Angle

What to do about agricultural subsidies has been a question which has bewitched limited government groups for decades. The obvious response — get rid of them — sounds right to the ear, but in practice this approach has run up against a buzz saw from members representing many of the very red states that have formed the core of conservative support in Congress.

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Shrinking Government: Department of Agriculture

Shrinking Government: Department of Agriculture

The Agriculture Department spent around $150 billion in 2013, or almost $1,300 for every U.S. household. Not only does the U.S. Constitution not authorize us to subsidize a particular industry (e.g. agriculture), the “ag bills” that are being passed these days are mostly welfare bills that provide food stamps (another thing not authorized by the U.S. Constitution) to many people who don’t need or deserve this “charity.” This is another federal department we can do without.

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Listeria Found In Jerseydale Farms Raw Milk

Listeria Found In Jerseydale Farms Raw Milk

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is reporting listeria in a sampling of bottled raw (unpasteurized) milk from Jerseydale Farms near Brookings, S.D. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture advises consumers that bottled raw milk recently purchased from this business may contain harmful bacteria that can lead to listeria infection.

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SD Dept of Ag Announces Blizzard Help Line

PIERRE, S.D. – Anyone impacted by the recent western South Dakota snow storm can call 2-1-1 or 877.708.4357 for any storm-related concerns. Producers living in Harding, Perkins, Ziebach, Shannon, Jackson, Jones, Bennett and Mellette counties will need to call 877.708.4357 to reach the helpline. The helpline can answer questions regarding animal removal from agricultural properties, documentation of livestock losses, livestock identification and provide contact information for other assistance programs. Producers experiencing emotional distress can also call for support or to find counseling resources. Agencies needing volunteers and individuals interested in volunteering to help should dial 2-1-1 or call877.708.4357 for assistance. Agriculture is South Dakota’s No. 1 industry, generating over $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 122,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online athttp://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SDAgDept and Twitter @SDAgriculture.

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Helping South Dakota’s Ranchers

Helping South Dakota’s Ranchers

The blizzard in western South Dakota was devastating to the ranchers of South Dakota. Some are estimating as many as 75,000 cattle were killed during the blizzard. The exact count is probably still a long way off, since it will take a while for ranchers to get out into their areas and make a full count. But a relief fund has been set up to help.

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