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Farm Bill implementation a hot topic at Governor's Agricultural Summit in Deadwood

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Friday producers and government leaders came together at the Governor's Agricultural Summit to discuss the progress of the Farm Bill's implementation; more specifically the livestock indemnity program.
 
Elsie Meeks, a rancher, says she is thankful for the Farm Bill especially the livestock relief programs, "There's people that would have been wiped out. close enough that they wouldn't have been able to recover so having a Farm Bill to provide that safety net and keep agriculture strong," Meeks said.
 
It is a safety net that is essential for ranchers who lost livestock."Cattle prices are good this year but that doesn't mean a blizzard won't come along and wipe you out," Meeks said.
 
Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Michael Scuse, says they have put millions into rancher relief. "We started signs ups April 15th for livestock disaster programs, and so far we have provided about $78 million in the forage program and another $18 million on the livestock indemnity program," Scuse explained.
 
All together about $96 million to help South Dakota ranchers recover from loses. And the next step is more coverage. "The next part of the farm bill we'll be implemented later on this summer are the additional coverage options," Scuse said.

One of the other topics that Scuse discussed was the growth of international agricultural trade. He says this year the United State made between $149 and $150 billion worth of trade in agricultural products. For the past five years the international agricultural trade has been growing.


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