The Aberdeen American News doesn’t endorse candidates. But in yesterday’s edition, the AAN editorial board endorsed my position on grassy buffer strips, a position my opponent in the District 3 Senate race voted against twice in the 2016 Session:
…we are happy to see advocates of buffer strips between farmland and waterways living to fight another day.
Strips of land between fields and water help trap fertilizer, pesticide and sediment before they reach water [editorial, Aberdeen American News, 2016.08.04].
South Dakota needs more sensible conservation and taxation policy. Senate Bill 136, the grassy buffer strips bill that Rep. Novstrup opposed and the Governor vetoed offered both: a voluntary program that encourages sensible land use, water quality, and wildlife at minimal cost while fairly taxing farmers on the actual use of their land instead of someone’s actuarial woulda-coulda-shouldas based on planting each year’s top crop to the water’s edge. While Rep. Novstrup waits for the signal from the second floor of the Capitol on which way to vote, I’ll happily support a new riparian buffer bill from my seat in the 2017 Senate.