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Farmers and producers let out a collective groan after hearing that the House of Representatives won't vote on a new farm bill before the November general election.

"I was upset that leadership did not schedule it and did not get the chance to vote and do what's right for producers," said South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem.

Noem says the Farm Bill provides certainty to the state's number one economic industry. But, in her political party she's in the minority when it comes to wanting new Farm Bill legislation.

"There have always been some Republicans that don't support farm policies," said Noem. "So, I've taken it upon myself to really educate them about the value the programs bring in maintaining a cheap and affordable and safe food supply for this country."

Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson, a democrat, says there are ten to twenty different reasons why Republicans haven't voted for a new bill.

"Some of them just don't like farmers," said Peterson. "Some of them don't think there's been enough reform in the farm programs. Some think crop insurance is being subsidized too much. And, some think there should be a cut back on food stamps."

Peterson says he'll have 100 Democratic votes for a new piece of farm legislation when the house reconvenes during its lame duck session.

"We have to be optimistic and hopeful and hope that we can get this thing on the floor," said Peterson. "I think if we can get it through the floor of the house shortly after the election and get it into conference, I think we can get it done by the time we adjourn at the end of the year."

Noem also feels confident that a new Farm Bill will be completed by the first of the new year.

"I think when the pressure of the election is gone and people are able to focus on it then they'll recognize how important this is to the middle of the country."

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