U.S. Senator John Thune says he thinks the Farm Bill can pass this year. Thune says it's important for the Farm Bill to pass so it can help ranchers who lost cattle during the October blizzard.
He says if it doesn't pass, there would probably a one year extension, but that wouldn't solve any problems, and it would negatively impact ranchers.
"What I think it means for ranchers in western South Dakota is no livestock indemnity program. No disaster title and I think that's incredibly detrimental to the ranchers in western South Dakota. So we need this to pass and we need this to pass in a timely way," said Senator Thune.
Senator Thune said the livestock indemnity program has expired and needs to be reauthorized. And the new Farm Bill would do just that.