U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced, at his invitation, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services Michael Scuse will be touring western South Dakota with Johnson next week to talk with ranchers about the devastation from the snow storm and hear first-hand about the terrible livestock losses they have incurred.
"It is critical that USDA understand at the highest levels the terrible loss of livestock caused by the snowstorm", said Johnson. "Undersecretary Scuse will talk with ranchers to hear first-hand how herds have been devastated and what USDA can do to help. Additionally, we'll talk about the importance of passing a comprehensive farm bill in order to get disaster assistance out to producers."
"USDA is committed to doing all we can for farmers and ranchers who suffered devastating losses due to the blizzard earlier this month", said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. "I appreciate Senator Johnson for helping provide the opportunity for Under Secretary Michael Scuse to visit South Dakota to discuss recovery efforts with producers, and to highlight the need for a Farm, Food, and Jobs Bill that provides an adequate disaster safety net for livestock producers."
Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services helps to keep America's farmers and ranchers in business as they face the uncertainties of weather and markets. They deliver commodity, credit, conservation, disaster, and emergency assistance programs that help improve the stability and strength of the agricultural economy. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is part of Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.