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Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus response; and lingering concerns about U.S. Census participation.

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House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorsed former VP Joe Biden, ahead of South Carolina's primaries. Super Tuesday states, including North Carolina, are also voting soon, but campaigning there is different.

Public News Service - SD: Rural/Farming

A stroke of the pen means drought relief will finally be on the way to South Dakota farmers and ranchers left out of the recent disaster relief bill because of a technicality. South Dakota Farmers Union president Doug Sombke says clearing the language means help will soon be on the way to producers

Despite threats of a presidential veto, farm leaders from across the nation are in Washington D.C. this week to keep close tabs on the progress of the next farm bill. It's scheduled for debate on the House floor Thursday. South Dakota Farmers Union president Doug Sombke says the bill isn't perfect,

A Midwest farm group says the House Ag Committee's farm bill proposal would give big subsidy increases to mega-farms at the expense of rural communities. Jon Bailey with the Center for Rural Affairs says the legislation raises the limits on direct payments made, regardless of crop prices, from $80,

Huron, SD - The House Agriculture Subcommittee finished their work on the final markups for the farm commodity title this week and South Dakota Farmers Union president Doug Sombke is worried it won't go far enough to help South Dakota producers. He's worried disaster protections will be left out of

The stage is set for a debate on farm payment limitations following the introduction of the Rural American Preservation Act of 2007. The bi-partisan legislation that's sponsored by Sens. Grassley of Iowa and Dorgan of North Dakota would limit federal farm program payments to no more than $250,000

Colony Collapse Disorder is devastating the nation's honeybee population and policymakers at the highest levels are worried. Richard Adee with Adee Honey Farms in Bruce, South Dakota, has been moving his bees from one end of the country to the other, trying to keep pace with the huge demand for bee

Two Midwest based farm groups are fanning out across the state this week to gauge public support for provisions in the farm bill that would help attract and keep young farmers and ranchers in agriculture. Traci Bruckner of the Center for Rural Affairs says it's troubling that farmers age 65 and ol

Lyons, NE - South Dakota producers needing planning funds or working capital to move their value-added ideas forward, are being encouraged to check out the Value-Added Producer Grant program. Mike Heavrin with the Center for Rural Affairs says the USDA Rural Development program awards grants to ag

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