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State Ag Secretary Says Ranch Couples May Get Indemnity Program Help

South Dakota State Ag Secretary Lucas Lentsch says USDA officials understand a farm bill is needed soon to help producers hurt by the early October blizzard. He says that was the message USDA Undersecretary Michael Scuse heard while in South Dakota this week. Lentsch says there may be help for ranch couples through the livestock indemnity program in the farm bill.

He says while Livestock Indemnity help is needed along with other government aid through EQIP for dead carcass removal, it won’t completely solve producers needs for storm recovery.

Lentsch says there may be additional aid for livestock producers if and when a disaster declaration is issued and the President signs it. That would be through the Stafford Act which would bring additional resources.

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