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Gov. Daugaard takes part in 9th annual Ag Summit

(KBHB - Sturgis, SD) The Governor’s 9th annual Agricultural Summit is taking place in Rapid City this year, and state officials are not only weighing in on this year's ag outlook, but also the tariff dilemma.


Governor Dennis Daugaard was among Thursday’s speakers…




Jeremy Freking with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture said it's concerning -- especially for corn and soybean farmers.




The tariffs come at a time when producers should be celebrating a positive growing season and cooperative weather in much of the state thus far.  Freking says the latest estimate from USDA shows 70-percent of the corn and soybean crop in South Dakota is good to excellent.


Another positive note is the Farm Bill. Currently, it has passed both houses of congress and needs to be confirmed by a joint committee before final approval.


Meanwhile, potential tariffs loom over an otherwise ideal year for South Dakota producers, and that has Daugaard concerned…




It has also caught the attention of the state’s congressional delegation. They sent a letter to President Trump urging him to make U.S. ag a priority during trade negotiations.