Farm Bill

South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation

In The Moment ... December 13, 2018 Show 479 Hour 2

Congress has voted to approve a new $867 billion Farm Bill.  The bill received strong bipartisan support (369-47 in the U.S. House).

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the legislation as early as next week.

South Dakota Farm Bureau president Scott VanderWal discusses the 2019 Farm Bill which, according to reports, will not increase the federal deficit.

Dakota Political Junkies: A New Farm Bill

Dec 13, 2018

In The Moment ... December 12, 2018 Show 478 Hour 2

U.S. Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds are rallying behind a new farm bill that passed yesterday in the Senate. Thune, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, says input from the state's farmers and ranchers helped craft the bill that passed by a vote of 87-13.

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Schaff and Roger Whittle discuss the new farm bill along with appointments to Governor-elect Kristi Noem's staff.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... October 2. 2018 Show 434 Hour 2

Now that the farm bill has expired, you might be wondering how this affects the farmer in South Dakota.

Brandon Wipf is on the board of directors for the American Soybean Association. He is also a South Dakota farmer. He farms roughly 1400 acres of soybeans along with other crops.

South Dakota US Senator John Thune says he’s concerned by a Chinese announcement of placing a steep tariff on $50 billion dollars of U.S. imports.

That includes a tariff on soybeans. The South Dakota Soybean Association says China purchases 61 percent of total U.S. soybean exports, roughly 30 percent of overall production.

The announcement comes after President Donald Trump’s call on Tuesday for tariff’s on Chinese goods.

Thune says he understands the president’s desire for more reciprocal treatment.

Hawks for U.S. House

As one of South Dakota's largest industries, agriculture sows its way into the political landscape. Paula Hawks is the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives. She cites country-of-origin labeling and loss of USDA's Conservation Reserve Program acres as major issues in state agriculture. She discusses the agriculture conversation in Washington, the Farm Bill, and preparations for the November election.

Lakota Hemp Farmer Fights For The Right To Plant

Jul 30, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

A Lakota farmer is fighting for the right to plant a new crop of industrial hemp on Pine Ridge.
Alex White Plume began growing hemp in the late 1990’s after the Oglala Sioux Tribe legalized the crop for industrial use.   
But drug enforcement agents soon seized the White Plume crop.   He spent several years fighting in federal court and is under an injunction restricting his ability to plant again, despite new provisions in the Farm Bill that open the door for the crop.

The Governor’s Agriculture Summit is designed to bring ag people together. This includes conservationists and other experts to help sort out new Farm Bill laws for those investing in the future of agriculture.

John Blanchfield is the Senior Vice President and Director of the American Bankers Association’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Banking in Washington D.C. and has some advice for beginning South Dakota farmers.

Farm Bill Pays Out After SD Disasters

Jun 27, 2014
Kealey Bultena file photo

Disaster assistance through the USDA is now pouring into South Dakota following the enactment of the latest Farm Bill.

In the last 10 weeks the USDA has paid out $96-million dollars to farmers and ranchers following the 2012 drought and 2013 October blizzard.

Craig Schaunaman is the Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency in South Dakota.  He says the large numbers aren’t a surprise,  given the extent of both the drought and blizzard.   He says more federal assistance is on the way.  

Thune Hopes for Speedy Implementation of Farm Bill

Feb 20, 2014

U.S. Senator John Thune is in Pierre Thursday meeting with business leaders and legislators. He says he’s visiting the Capitol to learn about issues affecting the state and plans to grow the economy. But Thune says on Farm Bill recently passed by Congress, it has a major effect on South Dakotans and the economy here. Thune says he’s now concerned with getting the livestock disaster, conservation, commodity and forestry titles implemented.

Dakota Political Junkies

Feb 5, 2014

Joining the program this week are veteran journalist Kevin Woster of KELO-TV and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. Topics included the passage of a new farm bill, Governor Daugaard's request to partially expand Medicaid, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland's Medicare choice plan and the Governor's Office of Economic Development Office review.

Farm Bill Very Close To Passing Legislation

Jan 30, 2014

The House of Representatives passed a new farm bill on Wednesday, setting the stage for final passage of a new five-year farm bill that has been stalled for over two years.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 251 to 166.  The Senate is expected to take up the bill later this week.  Negotiators from the House and Senate, including South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Nom spent several weeks working out their differences on issues in the legislation, including cuts to food stamps, income caps on farm subsidies and a price support program for dairy farmers.

Farm Bill Eyes Final Hurdles

Jan 29, 2014
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Members of South Dakota’s Congressional delegation say new a farm bill is about to become law.
The issue has been tied up in congressional gridlock for several months--leaving many in the agriculture industry frustrated.

But the U.S. House  approved a conference committee version bill Wednesday.  The U.S. Senate is expected to follow suit in the coming days.  
SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray reports the Republican delegation differs on the commodity title in the bill.

Noem Discusses Farm Bill And More

Jan 23, 2014

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem joined Dakota Midday to discuss the farm bill, budgetary issues and her legislative agenda for 2014.  Noem is also hosting a sex trafficking roundtable discussion in Sioux Falls today.  She said there a still a lot of people in South Dakota who aren't aware that sex trafficking is a problem in the state.

State Legislators Get Update on Farm Bill

Jan 22, 2014

Congress is close to passing a Farm Bill. This legislation has been in the works for many years, but US Representatives and Senators have been unable to compromise on a long-term deal. Representative Kristi Noem tells lawmakers to expect a signed farm bill within a few weeks.  South Dakota Representative Scott Ecklund says it’s good news after waiting for three years.

Agriculture advocates in South Dakota are pushing for a farm bill to pass the United States Congress – but not at the expense of certain elements. US Senator Tim Johnson says stability in the form of a farm bill impacts all other industries, but ag leaders aren’t willing to sacrifice at least one part of the program.

Farming and ranching organizations say the United States should have passed a long-term farm bill years ago. An extension of the legislation is working through a conference committee, and Members of Congress say they’re getting closer to compromise.

Ag Secretary Lentsch Discusses Legislation

Jan 14, 2014

As Congress struggles to wrap up work on a new farm bill South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch discussed how the state's ag producers could be affected by a possible failure of the much-delayed legislation.  Lentsch is also a member of the new Pheasant Habitat Work Group.  He says hunting can be improved while also supporting agriculture.

Farm Bill Pending

Jan 8, 2014

U.S. Senator John Thune says he hopes Congress can finalize a Farm Bill by next week.
The bill is now being fought over in conference committee, provisions dealing with the dairy industry are among the items holding up its passage.
Thune says he likes items in the bill that call for conservation, forestry, and disaster relief for ranchers.  
But Thune says he voted against an earlier version of the bill because it included fixed commodity prices rather than reforms to create a market driven system.

Dakota Political Junkies

Dec 11, 2013

Joining the program this week are Jonathan Ellis, reporter and news analyst with the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, and Denise Ross, web editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic. Topics include the farm bill. House Speaker John Boehner says the current bill should be extended while House and Senate conferees seek a compromise. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate won’t extend the bill. We’ll also discuss the passage by the U.S.

Dakota Political Junkies

Oct 30, 2013

Joining the program this week are Denise Ross, web editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic, and David Montgomery, political reporter and blogger for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.  Topics include the latest on farm bill negotiations between Senate and House conferees including South Dakota U.S. Representative Kristi Noem, ballot measure petitions for the 2014 election and the power imbalance between the South Dakota legislature and the Governor’s office. 


Dakota Political Junkies

Oct 9, 2013

Joining the program this week are Denise Ross, web editor with the Mitchell Daily Republic, and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Topics include the 2013 Farm Bill, the government shutdown, and State Rep. Jim Bolin’s withdrawal from the race for Commissioner of School and Public Lands.  


Extensions To New Farm Bill

Oct 9, 2013

With the expiration of the nine-month extension of the 2008 farm bill last week, South Dakota Farm Bureau and South Dakota Farmers Union are together calling on Congress to get down to business and take the steps needed to pass a bi-partisan and deficit-reducing farm bill before the end of the year that keeps the nutrition title with the farm bill, maintains permanent law, provides a strong safety net for farmers and ranchers against uncontrollable market factors and weather disasters, and keeps a strong conservation title. The U.S.

Dakota Political Junkies

Sep 18, 2013

Denise Ross and Kevin Woster join Karl Gehrke at the Rapid City studio to discuss the farm bill, a Rapid City uranium mining petition denied by the Board of Minerals and Environment, Libertarian Kurt Evans' entrance into the U.S. Senate race and a new task force on establishing voter stations in three mostly Native American communities.

Dakota Political Junkies

Aug 28, 2013

Joining the program are Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Seth Tupper, editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic. Topics included Congresswoman Kristi Noem and the 2013 farm bill, the Daniel Willard robocall trial and the possible candidacy of Democrat Steve Jarding for U.S. House.

Ag Producers Describe SD Farm Status

Aug 21, 2013

An annual farm show attracts thousands of people to Mitchell each August. Despite typical hot, muggy weather, farmers and ranchers from around the region gather to connect with manufacturers and developers. Producers also collaborate on issues from the status of their crops to federal funding, and they meet at DakotaFest.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jun 26, 2013

Joining the program are Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Denise Ross, web editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic, discuss the latest news in politics. Topics included the collapse of the 2013 Farm Bill in the U.S. House, the Supreme Court rulings on the Voting Rights Act and the Indian Child Welfare Act, the governor's Medicaid expansion task force and a report on South Dakota's political donors.

Dakota Political Junkies

May 29, 2013

Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, and David Montgomery, political reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, talked about the upcoming special legislative session called by Governor Dennis Daugaard, prospects for passage of a new farm bill and reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is at odds with former leader Tom Daschle over his endorsement of Rick Weiland for U.S. Senate.

Farm Bill Passes House Committee

May 16, 2013

Lawmakers in Washington are working on a farm bill. The House Agricultural Committee passed a version of legislation Wednesday to maintain the farm bill momentum. Congresswoman Kristi Noem says the new bill could save tax payers a lot of money.

United States Representatives on the Agricultural Committee passed the farm bill with bi-partisan support. Last year, the Farm bill made it through the U.S. Senate but stalled in the House. Congresswoman Kristi Noem says she supports elements included in this year’s bill.

Thune Plans Amendment To Water Bill

May 8, 2013

The United States Senate is currently debating The Water Resources Development Act.  Senator John Thune plans to bring an amendment forward on the bill this week.

Thune spoke Wednesday on behalf of the measure. The main focal point revolves around issues with the Army Corps of Engineers, along with management of lakes, rivers and dams. Thune says this act is typically something that is done every several years for the purpose of re-authorization. He says he has plans to propose an amendment.

Farm Bill Problems

Jan 7, 2013

In the waning hours of 2012, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden negotiated a nine-month extension of the Farm Bill that the Center for Rural Affairs has criticized heavily.  Center for Rural Affairs Executive Director Chuck Hassebrook said many smaller, targeted programs that invest in proven strategies to create rural jobs, revitalize rural communities and initiatives to foster a new generation of family farmers and ranchers were completely left out of the extension.  Hassebrook joined Dakota Midday host Karl Gehrke Monday.


Ag Leaders Decry Short Term Farm Bill

Jan 2, 2013

Ag leaders in South Dakota are disappointed in the lack of a five year Farm Bill.

As part of the fiscal cliff negotiations Congress passed a nine month extension of the Farm Bill with many programs cut.

Doug Sombke the president of the South Dakota Farmers Union calls the  Farm Bill extension a complete disappointment for rural America.

“It definitely is something that is being looked at as a scapegoat in my opinion for the debt problems that we have simply because we are a minority of the population in this country, “ says Sombke.