DRA Weekly Legislative Update

Saving the Best for Last In the final week of the legislative session DRA enjoyed a great legislative accomplishment by successfully passing our Cottage Food bill! And not by a slim margin, either – the bill received every single vote … Continued

Cottage Foods Reform Under Threat! Contact Your Senators

Cottage Foods Reform passed its second committee UNANIMOUSLY this week. HOORAY!!! HOWEVER, despite HB 1322 having passed with no opposition, Senate Commerce Committee Chair Casey Crabtree (R-Madison) refused to place the bill on the consent (non-debate) calendar, due to an … Continued

DRA Weekly Legislative Update

Closing in on “Summer Break” As we head into the final week of the legislative session the energy at the capitol is reminiscent of the final weeks of school before break. People are a bit more energetic than in weeks … Continued

ACTION ALERT: Cottage Foods Reform Up in Senate Committee

Cottage Foods Reform (HB 1322) sailed through the House floor last week on a UNANIMOUS (70-0) vote! Now, the bill heads to Senate Commerce & Energy Committee on Thursday, 3/3 for its second chamber consideration. Contact Members of Senate Commerce … Continued

Farm Beginnings 2022-2023 Applications Are Open! APPLY NOW!

Farm Beginnings Program Helps Launch the Next Generation of Growers, Foodies, and Agrarians 2022 FARM BEGINNINGS CLASS!!! 2022-2023 FARM BEGINNINGS Program will be different from anything before. This year we are expanding our focus on hands on, on farm, & … Continued

DRA Weekly Legislative Update

Crossover Day and the Unanimous Cottage Food Vote This week on Wednesday the legislative session hit an important milestone – crossover day. Crossover day is the deadline by which every bill needs to cross over from its chamber of origin … Continued

DRA Weekly Legislative Update

This Week’s Wins and Losses It was an action-packed week for DRA in week six of the legislative session! On Wednesday our Cottage Foods Law bill, HB 1322, passed the House Commerce and Energy committee with a unanimous 10-0 vote.  … Continued

Cottage Foods Reform: SD Retailers Throw A Wrench in the Works

Today’s hearing on HB 1322 in House Commerce Committee featured a line-up of South Dakota cottage food producers and organizations (including DRA, Institute for Justice, Center for Rural Affairs, and Americans for Prosperity) coming out in support of much-needed updates … Continued

DRA Weekly Legislative Update

Cottage Foods Law Reform Up Monday! HB 1322 will be heard in House Commerce & Energy Committee this Monday, 2/14, and we ask for your help to secure its passage. DRA worked with member-producers, consumers, and farmers market managers over … Continued