United States Senator Tim Johnson is hoping a new five-year Farm Bill will be passed in January.
During a news conference in Sioux Falls on Monday, Johnson said he's talked with the heads of both the House and Senate Ag Committees and they believe a deal will get done after the first of the year.
The House and Senate have both passed separate versions and a committee has been working out the differences in the two pieces of legislation.
"I'm hopeful that it will occur. We ran out of time but early in January I hope they'll find it a priority to work things out,” Johnson said.
Johnson believes a livestock disaster assistance program will be part of the farm bill and it will be retroactive to cover losses from the October blizzard.