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Stockgrowers meet with governor


South Dakota

South Dakota Stockgrowers enjoyed a meeting with Gov. Dennis Daugaard in conjunction with their regular quarterly meeting in Pierre, on Feb. 18.

Following their board meeting Stockgrowers directors met with Daugaard at the Capitol. The governor explained his budget cuts and reasons for such, answered questions and heard from some of the directors who had specific items of interest.

Dave Niemi, Buffalo area director, spoke specifically on eminent domain and explained the need for reclamation of the areas and the care of abandoned lines such as pipelines.

President Kenny Fox, Belvidere, asked for support from the state government regarding the new Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration rule, which is now in the hands of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and the USDA. Although thousands of comments were submitted in support of the rule, it is still being attacked by the large meat packing industry.

Larry Nelson spoke on the open fields doctrine which is actually the subject of a new bill in the legislature at this time. The governor said he is familiar with the open fields problems and that it is one of the areas that he is presently working on.

The Stockgrowers were extremely pleased with the hospitality and ability to sit down and visit with the governor regarding many of the issues of importance to South Dakota livestock producers.

South Dakota Stockgrowers Association looks forward to a good working relationship with Daugaard and his administration.

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