House leadership has finally named their conferees to serve on the farm bill conference committee. South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem is among those chosen to serve on the panel. South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott Vanderwal says that’s good news for not only the state’s farmers and ranchers but for all of agriculture.
Vanderwal says one of the major reasons a five year farm bill must be passed soon is the need for help for livestock producers devastated by the October blizzard that killed thousands of animals.
He is confident lawmakers will agree to a five year farm bill but says there will be a lot of discussion over the nutrition title which remains the most contentious issue.