South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is merging the state agriculture department with the environment and natural resources department. With the announcement in August, South Dakota Corn Growers Association Legislative Director Teddi Mueller said some farmers didn’t even realize the merger was happening due to the timing of the announcement. The SDCGA is seeking clarity. “Like anything, the devil is in the details. I don’t think it was done with any intent to hurt one side or another, but there are things both sides need to be clear on before everyone is comfortable.” State lawmakers may voice opposition to the merger in the upcoming legislative session.
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