SD Farm Bureau sets priorities for new year

Property rights and regulations are top priorities for the South Dakota Farm Bureau in 2023. President Scott VanderWal tells Brownfield members adopted a resolution opposing municipal initiatives that delay new or existing ag projects during its recent annual state convention.

“We just had a municipal initiative in Sioux Falls that would have prohibited any further slaughterhouses from being positioned within city limits. That proposal lost. What that effort in Sioux Falls was basically trying to do is overrule the existing zoning rules. We don’t think that’s fair to developers and folks trying to make things happen.”

VanderWal says there was also discussion about proposed carbon dioxide pipelines in South Dakota.

“Our members chose not to take a position for or against those, but members did oppose the use eminent domain to acquire property for something like that until at least half of the producers affected agree to the terms of the project.”

The South Dakota Farm Bureau held their 105th annual state convention in mid-November.

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