Jason Harward, Reporter, Forum News Service

Jason Harward

South Dakota Correspondent

Jason Harward is a South Dakota Capitol Correspondent for Forum News Service. Harward graduated from Northwestern University in June of this year, where he spent stints in Washington covering Congress for the Medill News Service and in San Antonio with KSAT-12 News, focusing on housing and infrastructure policy.

He is a Los Angeles native and currently lives in Sioux Falls, where he enjoys backpacking and exploring the food scene.

He speaks English and would love any feedback, story ideas or fun facts you want to send his way. You can reach him at jharward@forumcomm.com or 605-301-0496.

The legislation would bar entities linked with China and a handful of other countries from buying land or agricultural business in the United States, building on a similar proposal sponsored by Rep. Dusty Johnson in the House last month. Rounds linked the protection of American agriculture to national security, pointing to the controversy over Fufeng Group's purchase of land near Grand Forks Air Base.
The Ag Innovation Forum, hosted by the South Dakota Farm Bureau, included presentations from two producers in the cattle industry and a representative of Raven Industries, which is on the leading edge of autonomous agriculture. The speakers underscored how investments in high-tech planting and grazing can increase yield and meet sustainability goals.
Since their introduction in the state less than a decade ago, zebra mussels have found their way into 13 bodies of water across South Dakota, most notably leaping westward into Pactola Reservoir last month. Some interest groups think the Department of Game, Fish and Parks could be doing more to slow the spread.
With nearly $1.6 billion in state and federal funding for water and sewer improvements entering the coffers of cities and rural water systems, engineering and contracting firms in the state are bracing for impact.
The roundtable discussion with producers and conservation groups focused on the environmental programs in the expansive legislation, such as the Conservation Reserve Program. A new farm bill is set to be negotiated throughout next year.
With transportation and other necessities costing households more, total visitors to the state in May were 7% below the same time last year. Various attractions around the state say they're noticing the drop.
Two new advertisements in the span of a week and a ratcheting up of attacks focused on record mean it just might be election season.
South Dakota election law sets an Aug. 2 deadline for exiting a race and gives the party until Aug. 9 to select replacements.
While the pipeline, proposed by Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions, has been sold as a key part of keeping South Dakota ethanol competitive, the potential use of eminent domain in its construction has property rights advocates expressing their discontent.
The appeal, which sought a ruling undermining the power of the National Park Service to issue permits as it sees fit, was dismissed by the Eighth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals on July 27.