Kyle Peters, with A1 Development Solutions, speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the High Plains Processing plant on Sept. 9, 2023, near Mitchell. (Joshua Haiar/South Dakota Searchlight)

Construction begins on state’s largest soybean processing facility

BY: - September 19, 2023

MITCHELL — Construction of the largest soybean processing facility in South Dakota began Tuesday with a groundbreaking ceremony. The High Plains Processing plant, 2 miles south of Mitchell, is a project of South Dakota Soybean Processors, which already operates two processing plants in Volga and Miller. The company also announced Tuesday that a subsidiary of […]

Jeff Griffin of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, left, talks with U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-South Dakota, at a roundtable discussion May 1, 2023, in Sioux Falls. (Joshua Haiar/South Dakota Searchlight)

Local panel tells Rep. Johnson to protect business ties with China

BY: - May 1, 2023

SIOUX FALLS — At a roundtable that Rep. Dusty Johnson organized Monday to discuss “the impact of the Chinese Communist Party,” some South Dakota business and agricultural leaders told him to protect business ties with Chinese partners. Johnson, R-South Dakota, is a member of the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party. He organized […]

Gov. Kristi Noem speaks at a January 2022 event in the state Capitol at Pierre. (Twitter/Governor Kristi Noem)

Committee passes Noem bill proposing a board to vet foreign ag land purchases

BY: - February 14, 2023

In a 7-0 vote Tuesday, the state Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee passed a bill that would establish a vetting process for foreign purchases of agricultural land in South Dakota. The bill would create a board to investigate proposed purchases of ag land by foreign interests, and to make recommendations of approval or denial. […]