Washington, D.C. – The South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) today announced that Rep. Kristi Noem, along with Senators John Thune and Tim Johnson, will receive the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). The award is given at the end of each Congress to those members who were nominated by their respective state Farm Bureaus and approved by the AFBF Board of Directors.

“There is so much more than the farm bill that affects the everyday livelihood of our state's and nation's farmers and ranchers,” SDFB President Scott VanderWal. “Representative Noem understands the challenges we face every day because of her firsthand experience and agricultural background. Farmers and ranchers can be assured that she is working hard every day to stand up for the best interests of South Dakota agriculture.”

According to the SDFB’s announcement, Rep. Noem received a perfect score for her voting record on key legislation to expand markets, curtail irresponsible government regulation, support small business, and several other issues.

“As a lifelong farmer and rancher, it is an honor to receive this award,” said Rep. Noem. “Farmers truly do feed America, and I want to thank the American Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Farm Bureau for all the great work they do. Not only is the Farm Bureau a great resource for our farmers and ranchers, it plays a key role in educating people across our country about the connection between the food that is produced in rural America and the food that is consumed by the rest of America.”

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