Representative Kristi Noem has a plan to save wildlife habitat and money. Noem is working with Representative Tim Walz (walls) from Minnesota, to introduce the sodsaver legislation to the farm bill.
This legislation would reduce crop insurance assistance for the first four years for crops grown on native sod and certain grassland. Noem says it's just common sense to reduce crop insurance assistance for less productive land.
According to the congressional budget office, the addition to the bill could save taxpayers $200 million over the next ten years.
While the bill will help protect wildlife habitat, Noem says she also understands farmers need to insure crops.
"We all know that our farmers and our producers take a massive risk each year when they plant. And it's important that they have the confidence to keep doing that and keep feeding our nation and our world," Noem said.
Representative walz calls the legislation a "win–win" for taxpayers, wildlife, and farmers.