Rep. Noem continues to fight for farm bill - KOTA Territory News

Rep. Noem continues to fight for farm bill

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The wheeling and dealing over the fiscal cliff could mean that other legislation like the farm bill will be put on the back burner.

Still, U.S. representative Kristi Noem says the farm bill remains her top priority.

She says leadership in the house would like to take action on the bill, but it faces steep competition.

The bill could get caught up in fiscal cliff negotiation because it achieves more than $35 billion in savings.

At this point it looks like the bill is heading for an extension.

"If an extension is on the table, it must include livestock disaster programs. The most important thing is providing our farmers and our ranchers certainty on farm policy as they begin making spring planting decisions," said Noem.

Noem says she is fighting against a clause in the farm bill on the death tax.

It affects 71 percent of farmers in the state.

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