'It became very clear that our state has no understanding of the implications of the pollution or potential flood impacts that may occur from the thousands of miles of new drain tile that is being installed.'
The disappearance of pheasant habitat in South Dakota disturbs the editorial writers of The Daily Republic — and it should — but they’re reluctant to place responsibility for rectifying the situation on the growers who cash in on high commodity prices by planting their crops fence-row to fence-row.
CUSTER (AP) — The Nature Conservancy says it has sold a 1,125-acre ranch in Custer County to a private buyer with safeguards to ensure the land remains in native prairie and maintains its ranching tradition.
HURON — USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Craig Schaunaman has announced that FSA is accepting Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) offers under the Highly Erodible Land Initiative (HELI).
An environmental group said Wednesday that the Obama administration’s proposed 2010 fiscal-year budget would cause South Dakota to “lose” about $5.3 million in funding for a popular conservation program.
Whether the money would actually be “lost” is open to interpretation, because the money was merely authorized — or “mandated,” depending on one’s perspective — by the 2008 farm bill. Congress still must appropriate the funds.
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