A ribbon cutting Friday in Brookings is just one sign of South Dakota's growing international pull when it comes to new business.
The state agriculture secretary says the opening of the Bel Brands USA plant in Brookings is part of a decades-long effort to make South Dakota a major player in not just milk production but also products made from milk.
The Brookings Mini Babybel cheese plant will hold its ribbon cutting ceremony this Friday. The $140 million cheese plant will produce 1.5 million Mini Babybels per day and employ 250 people.
South Dakota has been awarded $12 million in federal funding that officials say is needed to complete a stretch of state-owned railroad that grain elevators plan to build along.
The backlog of rail cars may cut into the price for grain as South Dakota farmers head into the harvest. It's why South Dakota Senator John Thune has prompted the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to hold a hearing on the issue this week.
The South Dakota Pulse Processors plant near Harrold plans to employ 14 people initially and possibly expand to as many as 21.
Brandon Beshears is the new director of the Agricultural Services Division for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is returning to Iowa to announce federal grants designed to encourage development of new value-added farm products and to discuss other rural development funding programs.
The new CEO of a beef plant that has sat idle in Aberdeen since 2012 is optimistic about the facility's future.
The record setting grain harvest in South Dakota has created a demanding environment for the agricultural industry.
South Dakota's Agriculture Department is analyzing whether to postpone a trade mission to Russia that was scheduled for October.
Dakota Plains Ag Center has chosen a site west of Tabor for a proposed $30 million grain-loading facility.
Gov. Terry Branstad says a team of state workers from Iowa Workforce Development will head to Cherokee to help hundreds of workers losing their jobs when the Tyson Foods chicken processing plant closes in September.
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