South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem Stresses Importance of a New Farm Bill

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) testifying about the danger that China poses on American farmland during a hearing before the House Committee on Agriculture on March 20, 2024.

As lawmakers struggle to come to terms on a new farm bill, one farm state governor drove home its importance at a recent hearing before the House Ag Committee.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R), who is also a farmer and former member of the House Ag Committee while having previously served as a congresswoman, was passionate in her call before lawmakers on Capitol Hill on March 20 for a new farm bill as not just a safety net for farmers, but for the nation’s food supply.

“America decided years ago that we need to have a farm bill to ensure that every family in this country had a safe, and had an affordable food supply, that they had the ability to go to a grocery store to put food on the table for their families. And that if a farmer had a good year, he could pay his bills, but if he had a bad year, he could lose everything,” she said.

Noem stressed a farm bill should be bipartisan but argued it wouldn’t work without boosting subsidy triggers or reference prices—an issue that’s divided the two parties over funding.

“If you don’t address the increase in reference prices and bring them up to where they should be, there is no safety net,” she said.

That’s a big key, Noem argues, to keep farmers on the land.

“They’re some of the biggest gamblers in the world that I know because they bury millions of dollars in the dirt and they’re taking a chance because they really, truly do believe that producing food is a world need, and it’s a need that America needs to have, so at least give them a safety net.”

Noem concluded that having a viable farm safety net is crucial to getting producers through bad years and enabling America to feed itself instead of depending on others to feed it.

Click BELOW to watch South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and her full testimony before the House Ag Committee on March 20. 

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