U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem visits ranchers affected by the storm - KOTA Territory News

Rep. Kristi Noem visits ranchers affected by the storm

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The October blizzard left a trail of dead cows scattered across acres and acres of land, leaving ranchers devastated. "We lost about 120 pair of cows and calves," said Rancher Delbert Cobb. 

United States Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD) met up with six ranchers to talk with them about the effects of the storm and the action needed in congress. "My job is to go back to D.C. and tell their story and get them the help that they need so they can stay in business for another year," said Noem. 

Each rancher told Noem what happened to their cows, including Cobb. "It's pretty special that she would come anyway and visit with us," said Cobb. 

Noem says because she raised cows for years, their stories hit home. "They love their cows. They know what cow produces the best calf, they know which cow will get snorty when she calves and then be fine when she gets some time under her," said Noem. "So they take care of their cows because the cows take care of their families," said Nome. 

And now she wants to make sure the ranchers are still being taken care off. "I'll be fighting to get this Farm Bill done as soon as possible, but beyond that we're going to have to be here to help them emotionally," said Noem. "And to make sure that they can provide for their families and make sure that they stay a  strong part of South Dakota's economy," said Noem. 

Even if she's standing alone in Congress. "The challenge that we have is that this storm largely just hit South Dakota," said Noem. "I've got to be much more aggressive in telling that story - getting out there and talking to the leadership team and talking to the members of the senate on the Farm Bill conference committee and letting them know the urgency of these programs," said Noem. 

So that South Dakotans ranchers can continue to feed people. "We've got to come along side them as South Dakotans as fellow ranchers and producers, but every single person in this country who wants to make sure that we continue to feed ourselves, we need to help them," said Noem. 

Noem was appointed by House Speaker John Boehner to serve as a member of the Farm Bill conference committee, which will work in the coming weeks to reconcile differences between the House and Senate - passed Farm Bills. Noem says she plans to work hard to get a five-year Farm Bill completed that works well for South Dakota's agriculture producers.

Noem is the first house member from South Dakota to be appointed a Farm Bill conferee since 1996.

 

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