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Cattle graze at sunset on drought-ravaged grassland
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Study Documents Conversion of Grassland to Crops

SIOUX FALLS - A new study documents a loss of 1.3 million acres of grassland over a five-year period in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa.

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A farmer harvests wheat
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Delegates Pick President, VP of SD Farmers Union

WATERTOWN - Farmers from the Conde and Lake Preston areas have been elected to lead the South Dakota Farmers Union.

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South Dakota Looking to Add More Dairy Cows

SIOUX FALLS - Gov. Dennis Daugaard and state agriculture officials are traveling to the World Ag Expo in California this week with the goal of doubling the state's current herd of about 92,000 dairy cows.

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Sheep (FILE)
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South Dakota Sheep, Lamb Production Down Over the Year

SIOUX FALLS - The federal Agriculture Department says in a new report that the state's sheep and lamb inventory on Jan. 1 totaled 275,000 animals, down 10,000 from the previous year.

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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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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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