(AP) - South Dakota has a lot on the line in Congress as the year comes to a close.

House and Senate negotiators are trying to wrap up a farm bill - which could provide much-needed relief to ranchers and protections to farmers. And another committee is trying to hammer out a water bill that would have wide-reaching effects in the state.

The Senate is also considering a defense authorization bill that would fund the type of long-range bombers that are based at Ellsworth Air Force Base.

Senator John Thune says it will be a busy period for him and the rest of South Dakota's delegation. He says that everything Congress is dealing with has serious consequences for South Dakota.