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A trade agreement that would include major Asian countries such as China and Japan would likely be a boost to South Dakota's agriculture economy, said Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D. "Trade is essential to expanding economic opportunities. South Dakota exports about $3 billion worth of agriculture exports each year; it impacts about 20,000 jobs in the state," Noem told reporters Thursday. "The United States is now working on a new trade partnership with this region, the TransPacific Partnership. I am extremely supportive of this agreement as long as we protect U.S.
Mentzer Retail Center in Mitchell is expected to be completed by September.
A blockbuster report issued this week on climate change has South Dakota's U.S. senators saying policymakers need to guard against harm from climate change. "The report is a call for us to take real action on climate change," said Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D. "The report shows that climate change is affecting every part of the country.
Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., hopes an effort to roll back an expansion of the federal Clean Water Act will meet with the same success found in unraveling plans to regulate workers on small farms. Noem is one of 231 members of Congress who signed a letter to top federal officials complaining that expanding clean water regulations to cover water-filled ditches, small marshes known as prairie potholes and seasonal wetlands would be "legally and scientifically unsound." "This rule has been built on an incomplete scientific study and a flawed economic analysis.
By Richard Woodbury HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Reuters) — Far from giving up on the Keystone XL pipeline to the United States, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said on Tuesday Canada would...
The presumed frontrunner status that former Gov. Mike Rounds has enjoyed in his Senate bid so far is showing signs of cracking, at least to this outside observer. He has launched a set of TV ads ahead of the June 3 primary that should be his for the taking.
When the five Republicans hoping to be South Dakota's next U.S. Senator met for the first time on the debate dais Saturday in Pierre, it didn't take long for them...
The finances and bankruptcy of Northern Beef Packers in Aberdeen will be an issue in South Dakota's crowded Republican U.S. Senate primary, the candidates say. Former Gov. Mike Rounds holds...
A state economic development office's spin-off into a for-profit company is under the microscope as lawmakers vow to look further into the state's role in financing the bankrupt Northern Beef Packers. The for-profit company, created in January 2008, secured much of the money that built the Aberdeen beef plant, the most notorious of several South Dakota economic development projects fueled by foreign investment money. Why and how that office moved from a state-run enterprise to a private endeavor is at the center of ongoing interest in the beef plant and the individuals who moved the money to
North Dakota's oil boom and a tough winter are straining railroad companies past their limits, and South Dakota farmers and ethanol plants are feeling the pinch, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Wednesday. Thune has met with and sent letters to top officials at both Burlington Northern Sante Fe and Canadian Pacific railroad companies, saying railroad shipping needs to be a reliable service.