The Autumn blizzard West River is estimated to have a $1.7 billion economic impact on cities and ranchers who lost livestock.
Along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services, Senator Tim Johnson surveyed the damage and spoke with ranchers. Johnson says the fall-out is devastating and ranchers only hope to recover from livestock losses is with the passage of a Farm Bill.
But with the climate in Washington, it will be more difficult for Republicans and Democrats to agree. And even then, more support is needed.
"It will take public and private entities to save the ranchers, and some of the ranchers will not be saved," Johnson said.
Johnson says the Rancher Relief Fund is also extremely important to help storm victims recover.