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Jason Harward, Reporter, Forum News Service

Jason Harward

South Dakota Correspondent

Jason Harward is a South Dakota Capitol Correspondent for Forum News Service. Harward graduated from Northwestern University in June of this year, where he spent stints in Washington covering Congress for the Medill News Service and in San Antonio with KSAT-12 News, focusing on housing and infrastructure policy.

He is a Los Angeles native and currently lives in Sioux Falls, where he enjoys backpacking and exploring the food scene.

He speaks English and would love any feedback, story ideas or fun facts you want to send his way. You can reach him at jharward@forumcomm.com or 605-301-0496.

A proposed pumped storage project in Gregory County, an investment by Missouri River Energy Services and MidAmerican Energy Company into the "reliability" of a decarbonized grid, has residents of rural towns like Burke and Platte worried about their livelihoods.
In 1996, the first soybean processing facility in South Dakota opened in Volga. With the company behind the plant looking to expand to Mitchell, the benefit of hindsight shows the growth that came from the facility, from more money for farmers to the advent of spinoff businesses.
Friday, Sept. 16, is the end of a cooling period in negotiations between railroad unions and the nation's major carriers. If no contract is reached by then, a strike halting a key artery of commerce could begin, barring congressional action.
The legislation would bar entities linked with China and a handful of other countries from buying land or agricultural business in the United States, building on a similar proposal sponsored by Rep. Dusty Johnson in the House last month. Rounds linked the protection of American agriculture to national security, pointing to the controversy over Fufeng Group's purchase of land near Grand Forks Air Base.
The Ag Innovation Forum, hosted by the South Dakota Farm Bureau, included presentations from two producers in the cattle industry and a representative of Raven Industries, which is on the leading edge of autonomous agriculture. The speakers underscored how investments in high-tech planting and grazing can increase yield and meet sustainability goals.
The roundtable discussion with producers and conservation groups focused on the environmental programs in the expansive legislation, such as the Conservation Reserve Program. A new farm bill is set to be negotiated throughout next year.
Leaving aside the still-high price of diesel, a backlog in new trucks and a difficulty in finding younger drivers could mean an already-stressed industry will remain that way for months, and possibly even years.
Due to the lethal nature of heat on all-important corn pollination, temperatures reaching triple digits in some parts of the state have farmers worried. However, a combination of later planting this year and manageable temperatures at night leave some room for optimism.