The South Dakota legislative session has wrapped up. One disappointment for the South Dakota Farmer’s Union is Governor Noem’s veto of industrial hemp. Lobbyist Mitch Richter says there is enough interest in the state to discuss further in the next year. “In the governor’s veto message, Noem indicated she wanted to wait until the FDA and USDA wrote their rules for CBD oil and other hemp products,” he says. “We’ll try to educate her in the next nine months on the benefits of hemp along with the manufacturers ready to use to the product.” Richter says there were a few wins in the session, including passage of fake meat bill. It’s awaiting Governor Noem’s signature. Agriculture property taxes will be studied in the next year and will likely be addressed in the next session.
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