U.S. Rep Kristi Noem, R-S.D., was awarded one of the political world's lesser-known honors last week: the "wheat advocate award."
Noem was one of 12 congressional leaders handed the award this year by the National Association of Wheat Growers. The association said it was honoring Noem for her effort to try to pass a farm bill, a comprehensive piece of legislation that is usually passed every five years and affects many issues, from farming subsidies to food safety.
“I’m truly humbled to receive this award, and I continue to be proud of the wheat industry we have in South Dakota,” Noem said in a prepared statement.
While congress failed to agree on a farm bill last year, the association hoped lawmakers would pass one this year.