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  • Report: Midwest economic growth slower this fall Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 8:54 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The economy will likely grow more slowly this fall in nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Wednesday.

  • South Dakota wheat production up 69 percent Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Wheat production in South Dakota this year is up 69 percent from 2013, to 131 million bushels. The Agriculture Department's small grain production report estimates winter wheat production in the state up 127 percent, spring wheat up 40 percent and durum wheat up 7 percent.

  • Conference offers how SD can benefit from ND oil Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:19 PM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— South Dakota's oil and gas production is a fraction of North Dakota's, though the organizer of a conference this week in Spearfish said the southern neighbor could prosper if companies step up to supply much-needed products and services to the burgeoning oil patch.

  • Week of warm weather helps South Dakota row crops Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 6:57 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— A week of warm weather has helped the development of row crops in South Dakota. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that temperatures over the past week have been well above normal. Pasture and range conditions in South Dakota are rated 70 percent good to excellent.

  • Thousands attend anti-pipeline concert in Nebraska Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    NELIGH, Neb.— Roughly 8,000 people filled a northeast Nebraska farm Saturday to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young perform at a concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The Lincoln Journal Star reports politicians and activists spoke to the crowd on Art and Helen Tanderup's farm about the pipeline project between performances.

  • Refugees settle in thanks to small farm plots Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 11:59 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The rapidly rising demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables has created a robust new market for refugees who fled violence in their home countries and found peace in farming small plots of land in several U.S. cities.

  • *Medicaid expansion key part of Obama's healthcare reform. Up to a dozen states, including several led by Republicans, could move forward with plans to expand coverage under Medicaid after the November elections. Texas Governor Rick Perry once said expanding Medicaid would be similar to "adding a thousand people to the Titanic."

  • Business Highlights Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 5:59 PM ET

    Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of US. The average in Springfield, Missouri, is already below $3, according to Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service and GasBuddy.com. The gap is 20 cents or more in seven states, including California, Kansas, South Dakota and Connecticut, according to AAA.

  • At a glance: Gasoline prices by state Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 4:56 PM ET

    The usual autumn decline of the price of gasoline is getting an assist from lower global oil prices. Up to 30 states could see an average price below $3 a gallon by the end of the year. Source: AAA, OPIS and Wright Express.

  • Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of US Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 12:52 PM ET

    The average in Springfield, Missouri, is already below $3, according to Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service and GasBuddy.com. Cities in high-priced states such as California and New York will not be among them, though, which will probably keep the national average above $3.

  • Panel wants to ask regents about EB-5 visa program Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 2:07 AM ET

    PIERRE, S.D.— A panel looking into an embattled visa program designed to lure wealthy immigrants to invest in rural South Dakota projects will ask the former administrator's supervisors at Northern State University and on the state Board of Regents to testify.

  • Funds through divisive visa system helped SD dairy Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 1:50 PM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Rodney and Dorothy Elliott had a milking operation in Northern Ireland when a newspaper ad— "Wanted: Dairy farmers in South Dakota"— caught their attention.

  • Current, past govs release answers on visa program Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 8:17 PM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Former Gov. The Government Operations and Audit Committee plans to review the answers Wednesday in Pierre and also prepare and send questions to Joop Bollen, the state's former administrator of the EB-5 program.

  • Unemployment rates rise in 24 US states in August Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    The Labor Department says unemployment increased in 24 states, fell in 15 and was unchanged in 11. Hiring picked up in 35 states, while it fell in 15.. Georgia's unemployment rate jumped to 8.1 percent from 7.7 percent in July to the highest among all the states. Previously, Nevada, Michigan and Rhode Island have had the highest.

  • Nebraska jobless rate holds steady at 3.6 percent Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 10:10 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate held steady at 3.6 percent in August but registered four-tenths of a point under the rate a year ago, the Nebraska Labor Department said Friday. South Dakota had the nation's lowest rate last month— 2.8 percent— and Nebraska's 3.6 percent was matched by South Dakota and Utah, the U.S. Labor Department said.

  • Survey shows unfilled teaching jobs across SD Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:26 PM ET

    PIERRE, S.D.— More than 20 percent of South Dakota public schools had at least one unfilled teaching position on the first day of school, according to a statewide survey of superintendents released Wednesday.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 15- The cost of the South Dakota portion of TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline has more than doubled to $1.974 billion in the last four years the project has awaited federal approval, the company said in a petition filed with the state Public Utilities Commission on Monday.

  • NAB acquired regional lender Great Western in 2008 for just below $1 billion to get more involved in funding agribusiness in the United States, but the operation lacks the scale of larger competitors in the western states where it operates.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 19- U.S. wheat futures advanced on Tuesday on concerns about reduced supplies from Ukraine, a major exporter, while new-crop soybeans slipped as a widely watched crop tour projected bumper U.S. harvests. Concerns that Ukraine may possibly scale back exports helped fuel gains, said Jerry Gidel, chief feed grain analyst for Rice Dairy in Chicago.

  • *Soy eases after USDA shows 71 pct crop good-to-excellent. CHICAGO, Aug 19- U.S. corn and soy futures slipped on Tuesday as a widely watched crop tour projected bumper U.S. harvests and traders expected more reports of robust crops, while wheat jumped on concerns about reduced supplies from Ukraine.