Kristi Noem: Hamlin County Farm Welfare Queen

Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 7:58 am
By: Cory Allen Heidelberger
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If Mr. Epp keeps putting out good material like this, I might have to add him back to the RSS feed list!

We learned last year that Minnesota Congresswoman and anti-government, anti-socialism crusader Michelle Bachmann is herself a beneficiary of government socialism: her family farm collected over a quarter-million dollars in farm subsidies from 1995 to 2006.

But Bachmann’s a piker compared to South Dakota’s Iron Lady-in-waiting, Kristi Noem. During that same period, the newest U.S. House candidate, who works our pro-life anti-government factions into such a froth that they need a good cold shower, eleven-tupled Bachmann’s farm welfare haul. As Middle Border Sun reports, the Environmental Working Group database shows that Noem’s Racota Valley Ranch received $2,765,175 in government handouts, most of that for corn, soybean, and wheat production.

Noem has a 16.9% ownership stake in Racota Valley Ranch. The operation, which apparently spans three counties, was the single largest recipient of federal subsidies in Hamlin County:

Rank Recipient*
✴ ownership information available
Location Total USDA Subsidies
1 Racota Valley Ranch ∗ Hazel, SD 57242 $2,598,827
2 Bochek Stock Farms ∗ Vienna, SD 57271 $1,834,856
3 Clarmont Hutterian Brethren Inc ∗ Castlewood, SD 57223 $1,389,763
4 Poinsett Hutterian Brethren Inc ∗ Estelline, SD 57234 $1,363,047
5 Terrance Lee Hilliard Bryant, SD 57221 $1,194,959
6 Nathan N Lakness Hayti, SD 57241 $1,082,698
7 Leiseth Farms Inc ∗ Hazel, SD 57242 $996,724
8 Ronald E Jongeling Castlewood, SD 57223 $967,193
9 Milton A Lakness Hayti, SD 57241 $957,429
10 J Anderson Farm Inc ∗ Bryant, SD 57221 $921,281

Table 1: Top 10 Farm Subsidy Recipients, Hamlin County, SD, 1995–2006
Data courtesy of Environmental Working Group

It takes two Hutterite colonies combined to beat her haul, and that’s saying something!

For perspective, from my read of the EWG data, the average amount Hamlin County farmers received from Uncle Sam from 1995 to 2006 was just under $82,000, or about $7400 a year. Noem’s ranch averaged $250,000 in government handouts each year.

Racota Valley Ranch’s handout haul makes it the 16th largest farm subsidy recipient in South Dakota. That’s out of 75,612 recipients.

Sigh. Just when I thought Noem might bring some fresh perspective to the House race, it turns out she’s just another Tea Party faker, shaking her fist at big government holding out her other hand for payment.

About Cory Allen Heidelberger:
Cory Allen Heidelberger is the loyal opposition. He is passionately in love with his wife, his daughter, and South Dakota. He questions the status quo regularly at his home blog, the Madville Times.

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  1. Donn says:

    Gee, I actually almost agree with you. In the context of farm subsidies, I am against them. I find it curious though, why you love farmers that cry about pipelines through their property. They collect subsidies, too. It also gets old reading your hateful comments about “tea baggers”. Maybe someday you will become a taxpayer, and know what it’s like.

  2. Lindy says:

    I am a farmer who does not participate in the farmer welfare program. However I do not fault those who do. It is much better to derive your income from the market place instead of from the taxpayers. But you must realize our country has had a cheap food policy for many years. The consumers in the USA only pay 10% of their income on food including eating out. And most of that does not go directly to the farmers. I am for stopping the federal farm progam and other unconsistional federal programs, but prices for food will rise. You will remember that a year and half ago grain prices rose and there was an outcry over the amount of corn being used for ethanol which was preceived as driving up food prices.
    But your comments are pretty obvious in their purpose to criticize conservative political persons, specifically the female ones. The amount of government farm payments is directly related to the acres and production involved. Are you against large businesses? Larger businesses and their owners should be thanked for contributing to the expanding economy. Thank you Kristi Noem and Michelle Bachman.

  3. Terry says:

    Cory, do you know how to past anything other than hateful mudslinging?

    Just curious, your repertoire seems to be quite limited as of late.

  4. Bill says:

    Cory, you are so clueless. First, if Kristi’s stake is 16.9% then wouldn’t her share be $442,000 over ten years. Less than $50,000 per year. Yea, that makes her rich.

    You also need to realize that the money we received is used to buy equipment, repairs, fertilizer, seed, feed, fuel, groceries, furniture, cars, trucks, cloths and even send kids to college. Every bit of it done as locally as possible.

    Large subsidies to farmers are gone now, but that doesn’t fit into your agenda.

    Why is it so hard for liberals to see the big picture?