South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association: Preserve our Praries Act introduced
June 8, 2012
PIERRE, SD – South Dakota’s Rep. Kristi Noem joined Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota to introduce the Preserve our Prairies Act on May 31. Also known as Sod Saver, this legislation encourages conservation of native grassland, an important issue for the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association (SDCA).
“We appreciate Reps. Noem and Walz’s efforts to lead on this common sense measure,” said Jeff Smeenk, SDCA President. “Cattlemen across the state understand the importance of preserving our grasslands and providing grazing opportunities for our producers.”
This commonsense legislation is identical to the provision included by Senator John Thune in the Farm Bill passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee. While the Preserve our Prairies Act won’t prevent producers from making their own land-use decisions, it will limit short-term price supports for marginal land in an era when budget deficits continue to plague Washington.
“Saving taxpayers’ money while preserving our native prairie is a win-win for South Dakota’s beef producers and we appreciate Senator Thune’s and Representative Noem’s hard work to provide a solution for the Farm Bill that benefits not only cattlemen, but wildlife and conservation efforts in our state,” said Smeenk.
– South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association