Governor supports ag development positions

Governor supports ag development positions Gov. Bill Janklow praised South Dakota legislators Thursday for creating two new positions in state government to focus on agriculture development projects.

"State financing programs have helped create more than 1,160 jobs in agriculture-related projects the past four years, and these additional resources can only help us build on that record," Janklow said.

The proposal from Sen. Randy Frederick, R-Hayti, was added to the new state budget, which takes effect July 1, 1999. Frederick is co-chairman of the Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee.

"The governor strongly supports doing more in agriculture development," Frederick said. "The way you have a bright future in agriculture is to look forward and create more value where there isn't enough value now."

The state Legislature previously approved Senate Bill 5, which earmarks $3 million for loans or grants for agriculture development, feasibility studies and marketing.

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