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Some Help Available for Storm-Hit South Dakota Ranchers

October 23, 2013
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A federal Agriculture Department official says there is some federal government help available to South Dakota ranchers who lost cattle to an early October blizzard, but it's limited.

Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse says a Natural Resources Conservation Service program called the Environmental Quality Incentives Program can help ranchers with the cost of disposing of livestock carcasses, replacing destroyed fencing and rebuilding shelterbelts. The special EQIP signup runs through Nov.15.

Watch AgDay's report:

A federal disaster program that could have helped cover actual livestock losses has expired and won't be renewed until Congress passes a new farm bill.

Scuse said during a trip to western South Dakota on Tuesday that the lack of a farm bill is frustrating because it limits the department's ability to help.

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RELATED TOPICS: Beef, Weather, Livestock, News, USDA, Cattle

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Cowlady Kim - King City, MO
Our insurance covers us, as much as any does. It just seems to me though that if you choose to be a farmer, just like any other part in life, you have to be ready to accept the ups and downs. Our barn was wiped out by a micro burst storm, our insurance is doing it's job, but I don't see why the general tax payers should have to pay any. Same goes here. They have insurance, and the risk is all of ours who farm
8:22 AM Oct 24th



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