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Third Public Hearing On Proposed SD Raw Milk Rules



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South Dakota agriculture officials are holding a third public hearing Wednesday on proposed rules covering the production, testing and labeling of raw milk offered for sale.
    
State agriculture officials say the regulations are necessary to ensure safety. Raw milk producers and customers say they'd impose too many restrictions.
    
A legislative committee in August rejected the rules, asking department officials for more information on how they'd financially affect farmers who produce raw milk for sale.
    
Director of agriculture policy Courtney De La Rosa says the department estimates that new labeling requirements would raise farmers' costs by 1 cent per bottle.
    
Dawn Habeck, owner of Black Hills Milk in Belle Fourche, says that number would be between 30 cents and 50 cents per bottle.
    
The Pierre hearing begins at 10 a.m.
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