WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Kristi Noem, R-S.D., gained a seat on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee this week as negotiations on the next Farm Bill begin to heat up. Noem, a lifelong farmer and rancher, asked for the committee assignment when the seat came available recently.

“As someone who grew up on a South Dakota farm and ranch operation, and continued there until I ran for Congress, I understand first-hand how agriculture impacts our state’s economy and why it is our number one industry. I had always planned on serving as a strong voice for South Dakota ag. Now this new committee appointment makes it official,” said Noem.

The current farm bill, which was passed in 2008, expires at the end of this fiscal year. Negotiations and hearings in the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are just starting up as the reauthorization process begins.

“I look forward to ensuring South Dakota’s ag interests are vigorously represented during this Farm Bill reauthorization. This new seat on the Agriculture Committee, along with my position as the Freshman Liaison to leadership, will help ensure that effort,” said Noem.

The House Republican Steering Committee, which helps make committee assignments, approved Noem for the Agriculture Committee slot this week. The full House Republican Conference is expected to ratify the selection soon. Noem will remain on the Education and Workforce Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.

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