Noem talks 2018 Farm Bill

U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem visited the 60th annual Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo to talk about the 2018 Farm Bill.

In the last farm bill, Noem pushed through provisions that made disaster livestock programs permanent. This provided a safety net to ranchers and farmers.

With the new bill, she expects those improvements to stay in place, while she looks to add protections for farmers and ranchers experiencing dry conditions.

"We are looking to change some of our conservation programs to allow hay to be donated in drought situations that would benefit our ranchers and our producers,” Noem said. “Make that a normal part of the program so that we don’t have to wait for disaster declarations.”

Noem said the revisions to the conservation programs would allow the state to use nearby resources from other counties in drought conditions without having to wait for the federal government to act.

The current farm bill expires in September.