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South Dakotans Focused On Drought

Monday, July 17, 2017

A lot of attention across the state currently is focused on the drought and the farm economy.

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans.

Congressional Candidate Dusty Johnson says South Dakota’s delegation in Washington D.C. disagrees on a lot of things, but the one thing they agree on is South Dakota’s farm and ranch community…

(Dusty Farm 1)

South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott VanderWal told the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy Thursday in Washington DC that farm and ranch families need a permanent tax code that boosts the agricultural economy and frees them to reinvest in their businesses.

Farming is challenging under the best circumstances, with uncontrollable weather, disease outbreaks and unpredictable markets, says VanderWal. He has seen the price of corn go as high as $7.60 per bushel to as low as $2.80 per bushel in the last 10 years. Nationwide, net farm income has been cut nearly in half since 2011.

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