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Smithfield Foods is growing

SIOUX FALLS | One of Sioux Falls' largest employers is getting bigger.

Smithfield Foods has received a city permit to build a $12.5 million holding barn addition at its meat processing plant. The Argus Leader says Smithfield received a permit in May for a holding barn addition totaling $2 million.

Smithfield is a subsidiary of WH Group of China and employs 3,400 people in Sioux Falls.

South Dakota crop estimates

SIOUX FALLS | South Dakota farmers planted a record soybean crop this year, though corn acres are down in the state.

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The Agriculture Department's recent acreage estimates put South Dakota soybean acres up 1 percent from 2017 to 5.7 million, and corn acres down 9 percent to 5.2 million.

Winter wheat acres are estimated at 830,000, also down 9 percent from a year ago.

Other South Dakota crops with estimated increases in acres are oil sunflowers, sorghum, oats, safflower, proso millet, flaxseed and alfalfa hay.

Other crops with estimated acreage decreases are confection sunflowers and dry peas.

— Journal staff and wire reports

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