REGIONAL NEWS: Briefly ...
-- Farm bill input: South Dakota's incoming agriculture secretary, William Even, says he wants the state to have a voice in the 2007 farm bill. Congress is working on the new farm bill, and Even says South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds' administration wants to make sure South Dakota is heard. Even, currently the director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development, says South Dakota's energy efforts, such as ethanol, biodiesel and wind, could play a role in the bill's formation. Even takes over as state ag secretary March 26, replacing Larry Gabriel, who is retiring from the job after nearly seven years.Word count: 1130