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Ranchers worried about Air Force training plan

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- Ranchers say they're worried about an Air Force plan to quadruple the airspace in which it can conduct training exercises with its B-1 and B-52 bombers stationed in the Dakotas.

The military this week began a series of 18 meetings to get public comment in South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.

At the first meeting Tuesday night in Rapid City, ranchers said they are not only worried about noise, but about their ability to use planes to check herds and spray crops.

Col. Jeffrey Taliaferro, commander of the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, says the military will continue to be "good neighbors" with ranchers.