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June 8, 2015
Raw milk, I-90 change and new Deadwood games get final OK from Legislature's rules review panel
PIERRE — Three topics that carried big potential for more controversy instead sailed through without opposition Monday before the Legislature's rules review committee. The panel gave the green light to the results of negotiations on sale of raw milk for human consumption, reducing...
June 8, 2015 - 6:40pm
May 22, 2015
A very different mood, as state raw-milk rules get yet another hearing
PIERRE — No opponents testified Friday against proposed state regulations that would make production and sale of raw milk for human consumption simpler in South Dakota. Four raw-milk advocates spoke generally in favor of the new rules during a public hearing held by the state...
May 22, 2015 - 5:03pm
March 3, 2015
House sends raw-milk legislation to governor
PIERRE -- After years of struggle, victory arrived Tuesday afternoon for South Dakota producers of raw milk for human consumption. The state House of Representatives gave final legislative approval to a package of proposed changes in South Dakota's dairy laws. They specifically...
March 3, 2015 - 6:15pm
January 27, 2015
Legislation would give raw milk a place of its own at state's table
PIERRE — A state Senate committee endorsed changes Tuesday that would treat producers of raw milk for human consumption as their own category...
January 27, 2015 - 5:19pm
September 6, 2014
Raw milk: Real, or really risky?
MARION — It was 5:15 a.m. and Tim Eisenbeis was off to work under a star-lit sky. He walked through the dark, past the crowing rooster...
September 6, 2014 - 12:46pm
May 7, 2014
Consumer sales of raw milk remain in legislators' focus
PIERRE — State Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch briefed the Legislature's government operations and audit committee Wednesday about a new round of discussions with producers selling raw milk for human consumption. Lentsch said he established a work group on raw milk. Participants...
May 7, 2014 - 6:23pm
February 14, 2014
LETTER: Time to rein in Department of Ag
To the Editor: Despite statements to the contrary, the Department of Agriculture seems to be well on its way in trying to discredit raw milk producers and put them out of business. Recently, the SDDA violated its own rules to shut down Jersey Dale Farms, a small raw milk producer....
February 14, 2014 - 6:16am
February 8, 2014
LETTER: Lysteria hysteria indeed in raw milk debate
To the Editor: On Jan. 21, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture announced in a press release that bottled milk from Jerseydale Farms, a Brookings-based raw milk producer, tested positive for non-specific listeria. Nobody had gotten sick. The department stopped sales of milk,...
February 8, 2014 - 10:22pm
February 7, 2014
SD Senate panel delays ruling on raw milk
PIERRE (AP) — After hours of discussion, a South Dakota Senate committee has delayed a vote on a bill that would relax regulations on raw milk production and sales. The Health and Human Services Committee voted 5-2 to delay the measure for two weeks to give opposing sides a...
February 7, 2014 - 5:15pm
LETTER: Money, power behind raw milk regs
To the Editor: What is the real motivation to this? Why would we want to put small milk producers out of business? Is it to protect the public, or is it to control the public? Forty years ago, my family went once a week to small South Dakota dairy and exchanged one gallon milk...
February 7, 2014 - 7:36am
February 3, 2014
Scientists: Listeria strain in SD milk not harmful
PIERRE (AP) — Experts say the listeria strain found in a sample of raw milk sold in South Dakota is not the one that often makes people sick, and raw milk proponents say attention brought to the case by state officials created undue negative attention. The state Agriculture...
February 3, 2014 - 11:33am
November 25, 2013
State proceeds with new raw milk rules
By Bob Mercer Capitol Correspondent PIERRE — South Dakota’s new regulations requiring safety labeling and upgrading other health standards for raw milk that is sold commercially will go into effect Dec. 11, state Agriculture Lucas Lentsch said Monday. State law allows...
November 25, 2013 - 10:00pm
November 12, 2013
Raw milk battle moving to Legislature
By Bob Mercer Capitol Correspondent PIERRE — The battle is moving to the Legislature over stronger sanitation standards for raw milk in South Dakota and health-warning messages on the bottles. The state Department of Agriculture received clearance from the Legislature’s...
November 12, 2013 - 9:17pm
October 9, 2013
3rd hearing set for raw milk proposal
Proponents say new rules would impose too many restrictions.
October 9, 2013 - 9:51am
September 10, 2013
State continues push for raw-milk rules
PIERRE -- The state Department of Agriculture isn't backing down from its goal to require better labeling including freshness dates on raw milk sold commercially in South Dakota. Department officials plan another public hearing, this time on Oct. 9, in hope of getting the labeling...
September 10, 2013 - 8:47pm