South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem was at the White House Wednesday to discuss the economy and agriculture. Shortly after she met with the president and other leaders, KELOLAND’s Dan Santella caught up with her on a video call.
Noem met with the president, other members of Congress, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Wednesday, Trump and the European Commission president announced they agreed to work toward “zero tariffs,” with the exception of automotive goods.
Noem calls the $12 billion relief package plan “helpful.”
“We’re facing a situation where our farmers have had four to five years of really bad commodity markets and prices, and that’s because of not getting treated fairly in our agreements that we have with other countries as far as marketing our goods to them,” Noem said. “So the fact that we’re now in this trade war at this current moment, is really coming at a critical time for our farmers. So this package is helpful.”
But she does see more options available.
“I don’t think it’s the only thing that can be done,” Noem said. “We need to continue to go after new markets.”
Wednesday Trump said “the European Union is going to start, almost immediately, to buy a lot of soybeans.” But that’s not all.
“His belief is that he wants long-term fair market access for South Dakota corn, wheat, soybeans, beef, and pork and on and on and on,” Noem said. “So he’s fighting a long game here to fix something in a situation where we’ve been treated unfairly by many other countries.”
Noem also says the president is “set on delivering better market access and higher prices for our farmers in South Dakota.”