Gov. Kristi Noem

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has proposed merging the Agriculture Department and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. 

In a conference call with producers and ag groups, she said it is a progression from the move of ag development into the Governors Office of Economic Development two years ago......

Noem says she wants a more streamlined agency and process.....

Noem says the permitting process needs to be simplified....

Her plan would also create some budget savings through the elimination of some full-time positions. The legislature will have the final say on the merger plan.

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