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Dakotas governors named to Trump agriculture committee

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has named the two GOP governors of the Dakotas to an agricultural advisory committee.

Trump’s campaign announced Tuesday that North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard are on his new Agricultural Advisory Committee.

Trump says the members represent the best America can offer to help serve agricultural communities. Daugaard says he’s happy to offer his thoughts to Trump because the next president needs to understand agriculture’s importance to the nation.

Trump faces Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in November.

Chickens flock back to state fairs after bird flu outbreak

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese are flocking back to state fairs across the country after a one-year absence due to a historic bird flu outbreak that forced a ban on live poultry exhibitions in several states.

The 2015 outbreak was regarded as the worst livestock disease disaster ever to hit the U.S. By the time it ended in June 2015, it had cost producers nearly 50 million birds. Iowa and Minnesota were hardest hit. To help control the spread, several states banned live poultry exhibitions. Those bans have since been lifted.

Marla Calico of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions says state fairs had no choice last year because of the need to protect the food supply. She says they came up with innovative ways to let kids participate.

— Steve Karnowski, Associated Press

Large wind farm planned in Bon Homme, Charles Mix counties

AVON, S.D. (AP) — A Dell Rapids-based company is planning a 36,000-acre wind farm in Bon Homme and Charles Mix counties.

Prevailing Winds LLC in June applied for a state permit for the 201-megawatt wind farm. The facility would include 100 wind turbines, along with related infrastructure and equipment.

The state Public Utilities Commission scheduled a Wednesday hearing in Avon on the project. PUC Chairman Chris Nelson tells the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan that the purpose is to provide the public with information and take comments.