South Dakota farmers’ rally to coincide with Scott Pruitt visit

A rally is planned in Sioux Falls, South Dakota Wednesday, the day EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is anticipated in the city.  South Dakota Corn Growers Executive Director Lisa Richardson tells Brownfield farmers feel strongly about what they see as the agency’s undercutting of support for ethanol.

“We’ve got farmers coming in, we’ve got tractors rolling,” Richardson told Brownfield Ag News Tuesday.  “We just got done planting and people are still planting and they’re starting to spray, but this is critically important to our industry.”

Richardson says the state’s farmers produce about 800 million bushels of corn annually, of which 350 million bushels are used to produce ethanol.

“This is a huge industry here,” said Richardson.

The rally is planned for Falls Park Farmers Market at 10:30.  Richardson says she’s been given no details about Pruitt’s visit.  He was in Kansas on Tuesday.

AUDIO: Lisa Richardson (3 min. MP3)

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