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Sen. Johnson: Storm stories ‘difficult to describe’

RAPID CITY — U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services Michael Scuse and other USDA officials met with western South Dakota producers Tuesday to discuss the impact of the October blizzard and how the federal government can assist in the recovery process.

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“Undersecretary Scuse and I spent much of today visiting areas of South Dakota that were hit by the blizzard earlier this month, and talking to producers that were affected by this terrible storm,” Johnson said Tuesday in a news release. “It’s difficult to describe the stories we heard. This storm killed tens of thousands of livestock, decimating some folks’ livelihoods.

“After a long and frustrating process, Congress was finally able to overcome the gridlock and come up with a good bipartisan solution to open the federal government and to get our USDA employees back into their offices. The most important thing that can happen now to aid in the recovery is for Congress to complete the farm bill with funding for the livestock disaster assistance programs. These programs won’t make producers whole again, but they will serve as a much-needed boost to help them recover.”

— Source: Office of Sen. Tim Johnson

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