A new bill called the Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters Act allows producers using prevented plant to graze, hay or cut cover crops for livestock before November 1. South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson is one supporter of the bill and explains the path forward. “There are a number of non-controversial bills that are granted the opportunity by the Speaker of the House to go to the floor on suspension. Because they short circuit the full process a little bit, they require a two-thirds vote to get passage,” said Johnson. “Even before we can get on suspension we need to work through the agriculture committee. We’d want to get a hearing in the next month and push for floor action shortly after if we want to get this done in a time to help producers.” That could be a challenge as lawmakers want to ratify the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement by the August recess.
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