A resolution of disapproval for the proposed merger of the South Dakota Ag and Natural Resources Departments will be heard by the full Senate in the final days of the South Dakota Legislative session. South Dakota Farm Bureau Lobbyist Michael Held says the vote can happen as early as Monday. “The Senate will need an up or down vote by majority.” Farm Bureau is opposed to the resolution, saying the merger would make things more efficient. The South Dakota Farmers Union supports the resolution, because agriculture deserves a department in South Dakota. “This will be too complex. You’re going to drop the ball somewhere and we won’t have the resources,” said Doug Sombke, president, South Dakota Farmers Union. “Governor Noem won’t take this lying down. She wants this to happen. I’m happy, but the work isn’t done yet.”
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