Post Tagged with: "agriculture"

South Dakota Rep. Julie Frye-Mueller

Video: SD Rep. Julie Frye-Mueller at Rapid City Legislative Crackerbarrel Meeting

South Dakota Rep. Julie Frye-Mueller was one of the featured speakers at the legislative crackerbarrel meeting in Rapid City today. Frye-Mueller discussed the bill HB 1157 which is the the agriculture future development subfund to provide funding for the State Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory.

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South Dakota Senator Lance Russell

Video: SD Senator Lance Russell at the Legislative Crackerbarrel Meeting.

The latest legislative crackerbarrel meeting in Rapid City was held at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology this morning. There were again two separate meetings today, one hosted by the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce and another hosted by the SDSMT College Republicans; the former had a format of written questions submitted to the legislators, and the latter allowed audience members to ask questions directly of the legislators.

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South Dakota Rep. Chip Campbell

Video: Legislative Crackerbarrel Discussion of HB 1157

During the legislative crackerbarrel meeting in Rapid City this morning, South Dakota Rep. Chip Campbell brought up HB 1157 which is the the agriculture future development subfund to provide funding for the State Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory.

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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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