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FILE: Struggling Dairy Farmers
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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard Traveling to World Ag Expo Next Week

PIERRE - Gov. Dennis Daugaard and representatives from the Department of Agriculture are traveling to California next week for the World Ag Expo in hopes of expanding the dairy industry in South Dakota.

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FILE: Fertilizer
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Co-op Looking to Build Fertilizer, Seed Plant

COLTON - Eastern Farmers Cooperative is looking to consolidate two older facilities into a multimillion dollar fertilizer and seed plant north of Colton.

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Some ranchers in the western United States reportedly are stealing grass and hay to feed their cattle, as the drought has depleted their own pastures.

South Dakota’s Cattle Inventory Up 5 percent

SIOUX FALLS - South Dakota's cattle inventory heading into 2013 is up 5 percent from the previous year.

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FILE: Shelterbelts, Windbreaks
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Officials Hold Workshops on Fixing Shelterbelts

PIERRE - The state Agriculture Department is holding workshops in northwestern South Dakota on how to renovate shelterbelts.

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A farmer harvests wheat
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Spring Wheat Prices Down 52 Cents from December

SIOUX FALLS - The U.S. Agriculture Department says spring wheat prices for January are averaging $8.06 per bushel, a decrease of 52 cents from the previous month.

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FILE: Beef Production
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Texas Plant Closure Will Help Aberdeen Slaughterhouse

ABERDEEN - The closing of a beef processing plant in the Texas panhandle could help a fledgling slaughterhouse in northern South Dakota fill out its workforce.

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A bill in the South Dakota Legislature would eliminate the position of state potato inspector.
A bill in the South Dakota Legislature would eliminate the position of state potato inspector.

No More State Potato Inspector?

I'll be the first to admit that I was unaware South Dakota had a potato inspector.

That is, I was unaware until I learned of a bill moving through the Legislature to do away with the post.

It's part of some streamlining being done in the State Agriculture Department

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Barack Obama Attends The Inaugural Luncheon
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South Dakota Bison Tenderloins Star of Inaugural Luncheon

RAPID CITY - While most people are talking about President Barack Obama's speech and Michelle Obama's glamorous fashion choices, South Dakotans are buzzing about another inaugural feature: the bison tenderloins the first couple ate.

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Things to Do in Sioux Falls This Week

Teri Schmidt of the Convention and Visitors Bureau says there are lots of events scheduled in Sioux Falls this week!

Teri says the Sioux Empire Farm Show is set for this week.  You can enjoy the activities at the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds and at the Sioux Falls Convention Center

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Historic Drought Cripples Ranches And Farms In American West

Study Says South Dakota Agriculture has $21 Billion Impact

PIERRE, - An associate professor at South Dakota State University says agriculture and related industries had a $21.4 billion impact on South Dakota's economy in 2010.

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