The South Dakota Corn Growers Association is urging Gov. Mike Rounds to not enroll the state in Sodsaver.
Part of the new Farm Bill, Sodsaver would make native sod coverted to cropland in the Prairie Pothole Region ineligible for crop insurance for five years.
1) South Dakota would be at a competitive disadvantage with other states if Gov. Rounds opts into the program.
2) West River land in South Dakota could be broken without consequences under the program because it is not part of the Prairie Pothole Region. East River land would be unfairly devalued.
3) Sodsaver would set a precedent similar to Swampbuster.
"We believe there are other options that could be explored which would better accomplish conservation while not taking rights away from select areas of the nation," says Bill Chase, a Wolsey, S.D., farmer and SDCGA president. "We are operating in a hungry, growing world market and feeding the world requires responsible availability of resources."