NOV. 3, 2017 - VOL. 54 No. 2

Chair's Column
New Members
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Cover Story
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Faces & Places
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Celebrate Veterans Day in Sioux Falls

Among the great days of national remembrance, none is more deeply moving to Americans than Veterans Day.

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce's Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, in partnership with local veterans organizations, will host a Veterans Day program on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Washington High School.

The program will feature a mass colors presentation of flags from various military, veterans. . .

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Through the Lens of Agriculture

Agriculture provides a $20.9 million economic impact to South Dakota and the extensive growth and development of Sioux Falls has been significantly shaped by this industry. The Stockyards Ag Experience, a Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce-scheduled Community Appeals campaign, will tell this remarkable story.

The campaign, which runs from Nov. 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, has set a $1.2 million fundraising goal from the business community toward their overall objective of raising $4.1 million.

The Stockyards Ag Experience envisions a community that recognizes the impact of agriculture. "Our mission is to provide interactive learning. . .

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Ag industry downturn impacts all citizens

A downturn in South Dakota's agriculture industry has caused a ripple effect across the state. South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Mike Jaspers recently shared insights on the trend with more than 70 members of the Chamber's Board of Directors, Issues Management Council and Agri-Business Division Advisory Council. Sec. Jaspers covered issues ranging from the current state of agriculture in South Dakota, to why the ag industry is in a downturn and how international trade agreements are vital to agriculture.

In the past year alone, farm income in South Dakota fell 57 percent - or approximately $1 billion. This decrease in income has already been felt at the state level - through the first three months of fiscal year 2018, total actual general fund receipts were $2.7 million lower than. . .

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