The Washington Times - October 8, 2013, 10:52AM

While Washington steels for the coming debt-limit storm, one South Dakota congresswoman is highlighting the devastating effects of a recent blizzard in her district and the need to pass a farm bill.

In detail, Republican Rep. Kristi Noem described on the House floor how high winds and snowfall late last week decimated livestock and left a “trail of death,” with lifeless cattle scattered along fence lines in her district.

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“Thousands are still without power,” Ms. Noem added.

Changes in the weather, she said, will only exacerbate the problem.

“We expect to see massive flooding that could bring even more damage,” she said.

Ms. Noem said her district’s predicament highlighted the need for Congress to pass a farm bill that provides assistance to farmers in rural communities.