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Sen. Thune asks for help with western South Dakota livestock losses

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Sen. John Thune reached out to Speaker of the House John Boehner and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today, asking for help for ranchers who suffered livestock losses caused by this weekend's snowstorms in western South Dakota.

Thune called Boehner to take actions that would allow progress on the Farm Bill, so that ranchers can access livestock disaster programs.

In the government shutdown, Vilsack closed the United States Department of Agriculture website. Thune asked Vilsack to reopen Farm Service Agency offices in the impacted Western South Dakota counties, so that ranchers can file damage assessment reports. Thune is providing guidance for ranchers on his website in the interim.

"We need to be doing everything we can to help the livestock producers whose livelihoods have been endangered by this storm," Thune said. "Last weekend's devastating storm is another example of why we need to complete work on the Farm Bill for our farmers and ranchers."

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