United States Senator Tim Johnson made a trip to western South Dakota on Tuesday to visit an area hard hit by an early October blizzard and to meet with ranchers in Rapid City.
Johnson was part of a roundtable discussion sponsored by the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.
U.S. Department of Agriculture officials also took part including Undersecretary Michael Scuse. At times, the group took fiery feedback about the stalemates in Washington, D.C., from ranchers who are seeking help for their livestock losses.
Johnson asked if the $100,000 cap per ranch operator on livestock indemnity payments covering part of the value of livestock lost was sufficient. Several ranchers said it was not enough, given the enormity of the losses to some operations.