“Under God, the People rule.” This is supposed to be South Dakota’s state motto. Given recent events, perhaps that motto should be changed to “Kristi Noem and Big Ag rule.”

I am referring to the recent announcement to merge the Department of Agriculture with the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), to create a new agency, the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The Department of Agriculture seems to turn a blind eye to the farming methods that do the most harm to our environment. The DENR is charged with protecting South Dakota’s environment and natural resources. How is it supposed to do that if it is swallowed up into an agency that has little interest in conservation?

The state Legislature can reverse Governor Noem’s action with a majority vote. Give the rule back to the people: contact your legislators and urge them to overturn this foolish merger.

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