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Raw milk producers see Lentsch's openness as genuine though they don't want to depend on the secretary's good will.
"We feel it's a little overdue, but we feel thankful they're taking the time now," Habeck said.
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Lentsch said he's trying to find a compromise between "quality and food safety" on one hand, and consumer demand for raw milk on the other.
"Secretary Lentsch seems to want to work with us," Habeck said. "However, in 2009, (then ag secretary) Bill Even wanted to work with us, and he seemed very helpful and it was working out well, Adidas Climacool 1 Shock Purple
The clash played out over the past year and climaxed this legislative session, when opponents of Adidas Boost Zg Prime the raw milk regulations tried to block them with a new law. That measure was defeated, but both sides agreed to form a workgroup to study the issue.
"What we're finding is there is a lot of questions," Lentsch said.
Dawn Habeck, a raw milk advocate, attended the April meeting and said it went well from her perspective.
The workgroup's April meeting in Rapid City involved four hours of discussion. At the end, participants agreed to tour a raw milk facility near Marion at the July 17 meeting.
That group has met once, but both sides say it's already helping to ease tensions.
South Dakota's Department of Agriculture, backed by the Department of Health, wants to regulate raw, or unpasteurized, milk. They say the regulations, which include testing and limits on bacteria in the milk, will protect consumers. But a range of raw milk fans and producers say raw milk is safe and that the state regulations could shut down raw milk producers.
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"We definitely saw a path forward, at least in my opinion, that was one of healthier dialogue and mutual respect," said Lucas Lentsch, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture, to the Legislature's Government Operations and Audit Committee on Wednesday.
Habeck and other raw milk advocates aren't backing down.
After years of intense clashes, the two sides of South Dakota's raw milk debate are trying to find common ground.
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