How the grassroots work

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It’s always good to check in and remind folks why we do what we do – so without further ado, here’s a great overview of Dakota Rural Action. From Board Chair Paul Seamans and Black Hills Chapter Secretary Gena Parkhurst: The past few years has seen Dakota Rural Action garnering a higher profile across the [...]

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Farm Bill Passes; Protects COOL, Livestock Provisions, Farm Beginnings

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The US Legislature passed the Farm Bill earlier this week, and Dakota Rural Action (DRA) is taking time to thank state officials for their leadership in the protection of County of Origin Labeling (COOL) and rolling back limitations to the USDA’s authority to address certain business practices of meatpackers.  Protecting these provisions in the Farm [...]

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Dakota Rural Voices – Raw Milk in South Dakota

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Dakota Rural Voices – Protect Our Water

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Hear about South Dakota’s HB 1193, an act to protect our water from in situ leach uranium mining, and learn about how things are not always as they seem when it comes to the so-called financial benefits of uranium mines. Check out this episode

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Member Letter: Weakening Mining Laws Is Hazardous

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Since the start of the Black Hills Chapter campaign to stop uranium mining in the Black Hills, many members have submitted letters to the editor which have been printed across the state. Here is one of the more recent with thoughts from one of our West River ranchers: As I read the article about the [...]

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Distributed Generation, Solar Panels Away!

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What’s happening in the world of solar energy in South Dakota? Listen to DRA members Steve and Lynn Hammond talk about their week in the capital trying to get energy producers a fair rate for their kilowatts. Check out this episode

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Powertech Nears Chinese Ownership

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In the last few weeks, Azarga Resources Limited, a Hong Kong investment firm, has neared half ownership of Powertech Uranium. With Azarga’s purchase of shares of Powertech stock from the Belgian firm Synatom, Azarga reached 45.1% ownership of Powertech. Powertech’s offices in Canada and New Mexico will be closed, and two Canadian board members will be replaced. In addition to its current [...]

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December Chapter Updates

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Check out what our chapters have been up to for the past couple months.   BLACK HILLS CHAPTER The Black Hills Chapter continues to actively oppose Powertech’s proposed uranium mining. Before the second week of the Large Scale Mine permit hearings, the hearing Chair, Rex Hagg, made a public announcement of their decision to postpone [...]

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5 Years and Going Strong

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Newest  Farm Beginnings Class Finds Strong Support and Increased Demand DRA kicked off its 5th year of Farm Beginnings classes on Nov. 23rd in Rapid City, marking the first year the program has ever been offered in western South Dakota. This year’s class has record enrollment with fifteen families participating. Members and staff raised nearly $9,000 [...]

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Urge PUC to Draft Avoided Cost Rules

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ACTION ALERT Support Small Independent Renewable Energy Producers in SD The South Dakota Public Utility Commission is requesting public comments on whether or not they should draft rules regarding “Avoided Costs” for electricity purchased by Utilities by facilities that can include small renewable energy owned by individuals. We urge you to write the PUC and [...]

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