Jason Harward, Reporter, Forum News Service

Jason Harward

South Dakota Correspondent

Jason Harward is a South Dakota Capitol Correspondent for Forum News Service. Harward graduated from Northwestern University in June of this year, where he spent stints in Washington covering Congress for the Medill News Service and in San Antonio with KSAT-12 News, focusing on housing and infrastructure policy.

He is a Los Angeles native and currently lives in Sioux Falls, where he enjoys backpacking and exploring the food scene.

He speaks English and would love any feedback, story ideas or fun facts you want to send his way. You can reach him at jharward@forumcomm.com or 605-301-0496.

The roundtable discussion with producers and conservation groups focused on the environmental programs in the expansive legislation, such as the Conservation Reserve Program. A new farm bill is set to be negotiated throughout next year.
With transportation and other necessities costing households more, total visitors to the state in May were 7% below the same time last year. Various attractions around the state say they're noticing the drop.
Two new advertisements in the span of a week and a ratcheting up of attacks focused on record mean it just might be election season.
South Dakota election law sets an Aug. 2 deadline for exiting a race and gives the party until Aug. 9 to select replacements.
While the pipeline, proposed by Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions, has been sold as a key part of keeping South Dakota ethanol competitive, the potential use of eminent domain in its construction has property rights advocates expressing their discontent.
The appeal, which sought a ruling undermining the power of the National Park Service to issue permits as it sees fit, was dismissed by the Eighth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals on July 27.
The Legislative Task Force on the Incarceration Construction Fund, charged with making recommendations to the Legislature for improving the state's correctional infrastructure, met for the first time on July 27. The meeting featured two differing visions on the roadmap to improvement, one from architecture firm DLR Group and the other from Kellie Wasko, the state's new secretary of corrections.
Leaving aside the still-high price of diesel, a backlog in new trucks and a difficulty in finding younger drivers could mean an already-stressed industry will remain that way for months, and possibly even years.
Due to the lethal nature of heat on all-important corn pollination, temperatures reaching triple digits in some parts of the state have farmers worried. However, a combination of later planting this year and manageable temperatures at night leave some room for optimism.
Although the surplus partially stemmed from a strengthening of the state's economy, the aftershocks of federal stimulus, sales tax structure and fluctuation in social service spending also played a part.