South Dakota rancher Alan Rislov says he grew up wanting to be a rancher and has scraped and saved for nearly 20 years to build his own herd of cattle and calves.
October's devastating blizzard killed about 30 percent of his cows and 20 percent of his calves - a loss of about $100,000.
Rislov had hoped Congress would approve a new farm bill that would include emergency payments for livestock producers. But now that the U.S. House of Representatives has left for its winter break without passing a new farm bill, it's clear there won't be relief until next year.
South Dakota's congressional delegation says lawmakers are close to a long-term agreement. But Rislov says that ranchers will continue to suffer until Congress can complete the deal.
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