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Thune talks Farm Bill

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With the band playing and farmers and ranching taking a rare day off, Ag Appreciation Day was truly a celebration. But, pestering at the back of many minds like a horse fly that won't go away - the Farm Bill.

"Farmers and ranchers across South Dakota need certainty," said Sen. John Thune. "They need to know what the rules are, so it needs to be a priority."

Right now the Farm Bill has passed the Senate the Ag House Committee. It's being considered on the House floor.

"My hope is when we return in September that we'll be able to break this thing loose because we need to get a new farm bill put in place," said Thune.

The proverbial clock will strike midnight on the Farm Bill on September 30. That's something Senator Thune doesn't want to think about. He prefers to be like farmers, eternally optimistic about the state's number one economic resource.

"As the ag economy goes here in South Dakota so goes South Dakota. That's a reality that we deal with, but it's a reality that a lot of states deal with. That's why it's so important we get a new deal done."

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