Sen. Johnson hears concerns of ag leaders

 A United States senator visits South Dakota to hear the concerns of local farm producers. U.S. Senator Tim Johnson met with local agricultural leaders in Rapid City on Monday for a farm bill listening session.

The group discussed the need for conservation programs and crop insurance, two items they want to see in democratic senator’s revised farm bill. Agricultural leaders say what they don’t need is more government red tape.

“We have to be able to let the farmers farm, the ranchers ranch and the loggers log and anytime big government comes in with too much regulation and requirements it doesn’t allow us to do our jobs at our potential.” Said Mary Williams, Chairperson of the Rapid City Chamber’s Agricultural Committee.

 “There needs to be cuts and how they come up with those cuts remain to be seen,” said Senator Johnson.

Senator Johnson says $1.2 trillion in defense and domestic cuts must be made within the next 10-years. The current farm bill expires in September.

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