South Dakota drought shows far-reaching consequences
July 30, 2017
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The ripple effects of a drought in South Dakota where agriculture is the state's number one industry are widespread.
The latest figures from the U.S. Drought Monitor put 80 percent of the state in some stage of drought, with 15 percent in extreme drought. Data shows that nearly every part of South Dakota is classified as "abnormally dry," the Argus Leader reported .
Less money in agriculture results in less sales tax revenue to fund state and local governments. A sales tax hike last year forced South Dakota farmers to hold off on the kinds of large purchases that...