Agriculture is the #1 industry and life-blood of our state. Agriculture issues matter not only to South Dakota, but to the world. I’ll continue to champion our farmers & ranchers as long as I’m in the legislature. State government can do more to address the many challenges they face, including:
- Elimination of burdensome regulations and bureaucracies;
- Supporting production and use of biofuels;
- Expanding value-added agriculture efforts;
- Supporting agricultural research;
- Promoting natural resources conservation;
- Supporting agricultural endeavors along the I-29 corridor which traverses through the heart of District 4.
- And increasing investment in transportation infrastructure.
Some of what I have Done
Supported elimination of outdated pork production regulations. Supported new provisions that subject pork producers to the same standards which apply to livestock feeding, breeding stock, dairies, and poultry and egg operations (SB98).
Supported sales and use tax exemptions for farm machinery and farm vehicles (HB 1018).
Supported exemption of all sales and use tax for repairs of farm machinery, attachment units, and irrigation equipment used for agricultural purposes (HB 1019).
Supported roads and bridges funding package to assure a strong state infrastructure and safety (SB1).
Supported funding to SDSU for a soil productivity study to update methods used to determine agricultural land production capacity (HB 1007).
Supported HB1085 to redefine the criteria for classifying land as agricultural for tax purposes.
- Supported HB1055 to remove restrictions on gifts of agricultural land.
- Supported HB1042 to revise provisions regarding riparian buffer strips.
- Supported SB99 to construct a livestock and equestrian complex at the State Fair.