As Paula Hawks tries to gain purchase on the porcelain as her campaign continues to circle the drain, a number of agriculture groups came together to point out how Congresswoman Kristi Noem has been an effective representative for the State on the Ways and Means committee.
Their letter appeared on the Argus Leader website yesterday:
As farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses we strongly disagree with recent criticisms of Rep. Kristi Noem’s transition to the influential House Ways and Means Committee. This was a strategic move –made with the understanding that having a voice during tax, trade and health care debates would be essential to ensuring fair deals for agriculture and all South Dakotans. For this reason, we each offered our encouragement and support to Noem when the opportunity to join Ways and Means arose in early 2015.
There is no doubt that if you’re a farmer or rancher, you care about the Farm Bill, but the conversation must not stop there. We need to fix what’s wrong with our tax code, level the playing field so products can be sold more easily overseas, eliminate harmful regulations, and make it easier to pass our operations to our children. The agriculture industry’s interests are not isolated to a sole committee in Congress, and our representation shouldn’t be either. In her role as the first South Dakotan in history to serve on the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Kristi Noem is giving agriculture a powerful and effective voice in Congress.
Todd Wilkinson, president, S.D. Cattlemen’s Association, DeSmet
Brenda Forman, executive director, S.D. Association of Cooperatives, Pierre
Keith Alverson, president, S.D. Corn Growers Association, Chester
Scott VanderWal, president, S.D. Farm Bureau Federation, Volga
Jerry Schmitz, president, S.D. Soybean Association, Vermillion
“Rep. Kristi Noem is giving agriculture a powerful and effective voice in Congress.” That small letter to the editor speaks volumes.