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Wetland Determination Backlog Concerns SD Farmers

August 18, 2014, 10:42 AM

PIERRE, SD -

Some South Dakota farmers say it's taking the government too long to deal with requests for wetland determinations.

A wetland determination helps producers know where wetlands are located so they can make plans to drain areas without losing eligibility to participate in federal farm programs.

South Dakota has nearly 3,000 backlogged requests - much more than other states in the region. For example, North Dakota has only about 860.

The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service in South Dakota in recent years has begun using private consultants to address the backlog, but farmers say they think more needs to be done.

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