By Sara Wyant

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 WASHINGTON, June 3 —U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD) seems likely to gain a seat on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee this week as negotiations on the 2012 Farm Bill begin to heat up.  Noem, a lifelong farmer and rancher, convinced her colleagues she was the right fit for the committee slot when it came available recently, she explained in a press release.

If ratified, Noem will fill a vacancy created when Rep. Stephen Fincher left to take a position on the Financial Services Committee.  

 “As someone who grew up on a South Dakota farm and ranch operation, and continued there until I ran for Congress, I understand firsthand how agriculture impacts our state’s economy and why it is our number one industry.  I had always planned on serving as a strong voice for South Dakota ag, now this new committee appointment makes it official,” said Noem.

 “I look forward to ensuring South Dakota’s ag interests are vigorously represented during this Farm Bill reauthorization.  This new seat on the Agriculture Committee, along with my position as the Freshman Liaison to leadership, will help ensure that effort,” said Noem.

 The House Republican Steering Committee, which helps make committee assignments, approved Noem for the Agriculture Committee slot this week.  The full House Republican Conference will ratify the selection soon.  Noem will remain on the Education and Workforce Committee and the Natural Resources Committee as well.




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