South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson tells the Red River Farm Network the disaster bill will be held up until lawmakers get back into Washington D.C. “This is not the way we should be doing business,” says Johnson. “We do need a disaster bill for this country. We’ve got Puerto Rico, Midwestern flooding and more, the kind of things we need to address as a nation.” The Senate’s disaster aid bill makes prevent planting losses eligible for disaster payments, a concern for local farmers who are having a tough time getting the crop in the ground. Johnson says he will be working with the Trump administration on acres planted in the Market Facilitation Program. “We’ve think this MFP program should have been based on historical acres,” he says. “We are going to keep working on the administration to see if we can make allowance for prevent plant. We want to make sure this program works for South Dakota producers.”
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