U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem Wednesday announced that the first official public meeting for the 2013 Farm Bill conference committee will be held next week on Wednesday, October 30.
"It is time to finish the work on this Farm Bill," said Noem. "I'm eager to sit down with my colleagues next week to begin these important negotiations. The certainty a new Farm Bill would provide our producers is important to South Dakota's economy, and the livestock disaster programs that would be renewed in this bill would bring much needed relief to West River ranchers who were hit hard by the recent storm. There are some significant differences between the two bills that we need to iron out, but I'm heading into this process optimistic and ready to work hard to complete this process."
Noem, who lives on a ranch in rural Hamlin County, is the first House member from South Dakota to be appointed a member of the Farm Bill conference since 1996.
Rep. Noem championed four main provisions in the House version of the Farm Bill, all of which were included in some form in the final version passed by the House. They include: