Protecting Small Farms in South Dakota

Lawmakers have passed legislation that prohibits big business from raising crops or livestock in the state

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In an effort to protect small farms, South Dakota lawmakers have passed legislation that prohibits corporations, syndicates, limited-liability partnerships, business trusts, and other limited-liability companies from raising crops or livestock in the state, according to The New Rules (Fall 1999). Family farmers, nonprofit corporations, and agricultural co-ops will be free to farm and raise livestock under the new law.