South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem highlighted the proposed merger of the South Dakota Ag Department and Department of Environment and Natural Resources during Tuesday’s state of the state address. “This will help reinvigorate our number one industry and all the families it serves for years to come.” However, after last week’s call with the governor, South Dakota farmers still have questions on the long-term merger impacts. “We have a good amount of farmers ok with it, but equally as many who aren’t,” said Teddi Mueller, legislative director, South Dakota Corn Growers Association. Many of the association’s member questions focus on what happens to regulations in the department under future administrations. “The ones concerned about the future don’t feel like they’re getting answers.” Mueller says there are a few groups taking an aggressive stance on the matter, but South Dakota Corn hasn’t taken a position.
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