Committed to Fighting for Agriculture, South Dakota’s Top Industry

The Agriculture Industry Accounts for 30 Percent of the State’s Economy and Employs One in Five South Dakotans

As a former member of the House Agriculture Committee and current member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Sen. Thune has helped author three farm bills over 12 years, fighting hard for the farmers and ranchers who help make agriculture the number one industry in South Dakota.

Highlights of Sen. Thune’s Commitment to Agriculture:

  • Helped Author the 2002, 2008, and 2014 Farm Bills – Thune’s Livestock Disaster Programs Assisted Thousands of Ranchers Recover From 2012 and 2013 Losses:
    • Sen. Thune and former-Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) drafted the cadre of 2008 farm bill Livestock Disaster Programs, and Sen. Thune ensured they were also included in the 2014 farm bill.
    • These programs kept thousands of South Dakota ranchers in business due to grazing loss assistance provided as a result of the massive drought of 2012, which was the most widespread and devastating in 50 years.
    • Thanks to Sen. Thune’s Livestock Forage Program, 20,000 grazing livestock operators received $265 million for 2012 and 2013 grazing losses.
    • The Thune-authored Livestock Indemnity Program provided $42 million to nearly 2,000 livestock producers who suffered livestock death losses due to winter storm Atlas in 2013.
  • Cosponsored the Bipartisan Aggregate Risk and Revenue Management (ARRM) Legislation, the Framework for the 2014 Farm Bill Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) Program:
    • Sen. Thune’s ARRM legislation was used as the basis for the 2014 farm bill’s commodity title ARC program, which provided more than $220 million in assistance to South Dakota corn farmers as a result of 2014 losses for lost revenue due to low prices and yield losses.