A heavy favorite coming into today’s election, South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune successfully held on to his seat, bumping off Democratic challenger Jay Williams. AP called the race at 9 p.m.
The No. 3 Republican in the Senate, Thune serves on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. He has worked on the 2002, 2008 and 2014 farm bills. For the 2014 farm bill, Thune says he fought to include provisions such as conservation and crop insurance measures, along with ARC/PLC.
“ARC is fashioned after the Aggregate Revenue and Risk Management (ARRM) Program I introduced in late 2011,” he says. “The ARC program is designed to provide assistance only when it is needed because it uses rolling averages of prices and yields to calculate payments. More than 90% of South Dakota’s farms are enrolled in ARC.”
Find more of Thune’s ag policy positions here. Thune also serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, which has jurisdiction over the nation’s highways, railroads and pipelines, among other things.
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