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October 22, 2021 Weekly Column

More than 10,000 bills get introduced in Congress each year. Most of them, even good ones, don’t see legislative action. It’s even more challenging to pass a bill when you aren’t the political party in power. Despite the long odds, I was able to pass an important cattle industry bill out of committee this week.

October 21, 2021 In The News

Washington, D.C. (KOTA) - Today, according to a press release from Dusty Johnson’s Communications division, the U.S. House Agriculture Committee unanimously passed the bipartisan Cattle Contract Library Act of 2021 (H.R. 5609)

October 21, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House Agriculture Committee unanimously passed the bipartisan Cattle Contract Library Act of 2021 (H.R. 5609).

October 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week, Ranking Member of the Livestock & Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Dusty Johnson (R-S.D) and Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) introduced the bipartisan Cattle Contract Library Act of 2021 (H.R. 5609) to provide more transparency in the market.

October 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week, Ranking Member of the Livestock & Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Dusty Johnson (R-S.D) and Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) introduced the bipartisan Cattle Contract Library Act of 2021 (H.R. 5609) to provide more transparency in the market.

October 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member of the Livestock & Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Dusty Johnson (R-S.D) and Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) introduced the bipartisan Cattle Contract Library Act of 2021 (H.R. 5609), which would create a library for cattle contracts within the U.S.

August 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021. This bipartisan legislation is the first major update of federal regulations for the global ocean shipping industry since 1998. The legislation would support American exports by establishing reciprocal trade opportunities to help reduce the United States’ longstanding trade imbalance with China and other countries.

August 5, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), Republican Leader of the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee, applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) announcement of two new reports to enhance price discovery under mandatory price reporting for cattle.

July 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and U.S. Reps. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Angie Craig (D-Minn.), members of the House Agriculture Committee, today introduced companion bills that would improve the U.S.

July 16, 2021 Weekly Column

In Congress, hardly anything is perfect. But just because it’s not perfect, doesn’t mean there’s not progress.

This past week we made progress for South Dakota.

The first comes following the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) decision to walk back plans to change the city status of Rapid City.

In January, OMB began toying with the idea to increase the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) qualification from 50,000 to 100,000 people. This set off the alarm bells in smaller cities across the country, including ours.

July 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), Ranking Member of the Livestock & Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee, issued a statement following President Biden’s Executive Order and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) announcement of a significant investment for regional cattle processer expansion efforts and overtime processing fees accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 9, 2021 In The News
July 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), Ranking Member of the Livestock & Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee, and Representative Angie Craig (D-MN), applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to allow producers to hay, graze, or chop cover crop on prevent plant acres year-round while remaining eligible for their full crop insurance indemnity.

June 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Co-Chairs of the Congressional Veterinary Medicine Caucus, Reps. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced the Healthy Dog Importation Act of 2021. This bipartisan plan would ensure dogs imported into the United States are not at risk of spreading dangerous diseases that could harm Americans and our animals.

June 26, 2021 In The News

Small meat processors across the nation may benefit from a bipartisan bill introduced Thursday that looks to ease regulatory barriers and bring new grant and loan opportunities through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Butcher Block Act, co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., and Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., would assist smaller meat processors who are looking to expand operations or add shackle space.

June 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the co-chairs of the bipartisan House Biofuels Caucus—Rep. Angie Craig (MN-02), Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Rep. Dusty Johnson (SD-AL), Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), and Rep. Adrian Smith (NE-03)—released the following statement after the Supreme Court weakened the RFS at the expense of family farmers and biofuels producers in rural America in HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining, LLC v. Renewable Fuels Association: 

June 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Representatives Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) and Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) joined Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Acting Solicitor General Prelogar to urge the Administration to pursue all legal actions in a recent U.S. district court case that will slow swine inspection line speeds by June 30th, 2021 resulting in massive financial harm to American hog farmers.

June 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) today introduced the Butcher Block Act, a bipartisan bill to rebalance the cattle market by easing regulatory barriers and offering U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) meat processing grants for small processors looking to expand or add shackle space.

June 18, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week members of the Biofuels Caucus, led by U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD), urged President Biden to uphold his campaign commitment to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Recent reports suggest the Biden Administration is considering a nationwide waiver of RFS for the oil industry, a decision that would be detrimental to rural farmers and biofuels producers across rural America.

June 11, 2021 Weekly Column

On Monday, I sat down with the South Dakota Corn & South Dakota Soybean Associations in Valley Springs. For over an hour, I heard directly from producers on concerns they have, the challenges of the last four years, as well as the emerging opportunities. From workforce to trade to farm programs, there was a common goal amongst both groups: greater predictability. 

June 10, 2021 In The News

WALL, S.D. — Congressman Dusty Johnson applauding the new interstate agreement Thursday afternoon while touring the Wall Meat processing facility.

He talked with the staff to get a feel for how the business is faring.

Johnson says there are two major issues when it comes to meat processing in the U.S. – transparency and capacity.

He says businesses, such as Wall Meat, are good examples of how the country can increase capacity by processing locally.

June 7, 2021 In The News

VALLEY SPRINGS, S.D. (KELO) — Infrastructure, carbon, trade, taxes and the dry farming season were among the many topics discussed Monday between members of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association and South Dakota Soybean Association when they met with U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson at a farm near Valley Springs.

June 4, 2021 Weekly Column

June is National Dairy Month, and in South Dakota we have a lot to celebrate.

Over the last three years, milk production has grown 35% in South Dakota. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, total cheese production in South Dakota increased 16% in a year when many states were not as fortunate.

May 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D) today led several of their colleagues in urging Attorney General Merrick Garland to continue the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into the nation’s four biggest meatpackers. Thune and Johnson’s bicameral letter also requested that DOJ provide Congress with updates on its investigation and encouraged ongoing vigilance on this issue.

May 17, 2021 In The News

Two members of South Dakota’s congressional delegation are urging US Attorney General Merrick Garland to continue the US Department of Justice investigation into the nation’s four biggest meatpackers.

In a bicameral letter, Sen. John Thune and Rep. Dusty Johnson, along with several of their colleagues, also requested that DOJ provide Congress with updates on its investigation and encouraged ongoing vigilance on this issue.

May 7, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week Reps. Dusty Johnson (R-SD), Ron Kind (D-WI), Darin LaHood (R-IL), and Jim Costa (D-CA) led more than 70 of their colleagues in requesting U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to urge Vietnam to eliminate tariffs on U.S. pork to improve market access for local producers.

April 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD) along with Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westermann (R-AR-04) introduced the Forestry Improvements to Restore the Environment Act, or the FIRE Act, which would provide new management tools to expedite forest restoration activities, restore forest health, grow rural economies, and produce climate resilient commun

April 12, 2021 In The News

Members of the House Biofuels Caucus, led by Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., on April 8 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to prioritize the Renewable Fuel Standard and the use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel.

April 9, 2021 In The News

Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., was named the most effective Republican for agriculture issues by the Center for Effective Lawmaking, a joint project of Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia, among others.

The nonpartisan group also listed Johnson as tied for third on effectiveness for Native American policy issues.

April 8, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today members of the Biofuels Caucus, led by Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD), urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Secretary Regan to meet with the bipartisan group of lawmakers to discuss prioritizing the Renewable Fuel Standard and higher ethanol and biodiesel blends in consultation with agricultural stakeholders. According to recent reports, biofuels or corn ethanol produce greenhouse gas emissions at a significantly lower rate than gasoline.

April 6, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Agriculture Committee Members Rep. Jim Costa (Chair of Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture) and Rep. Dusty Johnson (Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture), with Rep. Salud Carbajal (Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation)  and Rep.

April 1, 2021 Weekly Column

“I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.” -Teddy Roosevelt

Historically, the Black Hills National Forest has flourished by serving many purposes. From camping to grazing, hiking to timber production, mining and wildlife habitat, the Black Hills have balanced economic, conservation, and recreational interests for decades.

March 18, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR 5) introduced bicameral, bipartisan legislation to improve public health preparedness by ensuring federal agencies advance a “One Health” approach—the idea that human and animal health are linked, and that they should be studied together—to prevent and respond to disease outbreaks.

March 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairmen Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Steve Daines (R-MT) of the Congressional & Senate Western Caucuses led 12 Senate Members and 50 House Members of the respective Caucuses, including Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) in sending a letter to President Biden asking important clarifying questions about the Biden Administration’s Executive Order establishing a directive to put restrictions on at least 30% of lands and waters by 2030 (30 by 30). 

March 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Angie Craig (D-Minn.) and U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) today urged Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to prioritize reducing U.S.

March 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD) today along with 100 of his colleagues, led a bipartisan group of Members in a letter to Michael A. Khouri, Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission, voicing concern over reports that certain vessel-operating common carriers (VOCCs) are declining to ship U.S. agricultural commodity exports from U.S. ports.

VOCCs serve as an integral link between American producers and overseas customers, without which contracts cannot be met and the ability to compete in or even access foreign markets is threatened.

March 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) today introduced legislation to ensure that new broadband networks are built to provide rural internet customers with sufficient upload and download speeds.

March 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep.

March 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) and U.S. Reps. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) today expressed their concern with the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS’s) recommendation to reduce the timber sale program in the Black Hills National Forest (BHNF). The members are also seeking answers about the process the USFS used to reach this recommendation.    

February 24, 2021 In The News

Currently, under the Federal Crop Insurance Program, producers unable to plant a crop due to adverse weather conditions are eligible to receive a small indemnity but prohibited from growing a cash commodity due to a missed window in the growing season. A new bipartisan, bicameral bill - the Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters with Cover Crops Act (FEEDD Act) -- would create a clear emergency waiver authority for USDA to allow producers to graze, hay or chop a cover crop before November 1st in the event of a feed shortage due to excessive moisture, flood, or drought.

February 23, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Angie Craig (D-MN) and Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) reintroduced the bipartisan Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters with Cover Crops Act (FEEDD Act). The FEEDD Act will provide farmers and ranchers emergency flexibility to help alleviate livestock feed shortages during planting seasons with high levels of prevent plant due to extreme moisture or drought. U.S.

February 19, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Angie Craig (D-MN) led Co-Chairs of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus in introducing bipartisan legislation to ensure transparency and predictability to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) small refinery exemption (SRE) process.

February 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) announced his appointment as the top Republican on the House Agriculture Committee’s Livestock & Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee. Johnson is the first Northern Plains congressman to be selected as top Republican of this subcommittee in nearly 40 years.

February 9, 2021 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) February 6, 2021— For the fifth Congressional cycle, there will be a Veterinary Medicine Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. Veterinarians bring a unique perspective to federal legislation as the only health professionals with roles that benefit both animal and human health. The caucus will focus on educating members of Congress and their staffs about the issues and challenges the veterinary profession faces. 

January 29, 2021 In The News

Small South Dakota meat processors could soon sell their products in all 50 states if legislation introduced Wednesday by Rep. Dusty Johnson can receive a majority vote in the U.S. House and Senate.

Co-sponsored by Henry Cueller, D-Texas, the bipartisan Direct Interstate Retail Exemption for Certain Transactions (DIRECT) Act would allow small amounts of state-inspected meat to be sold across state lines through e-commerce, effectively opening a greater market for South Dakota beef, pork, lamb and poultry through the use of online platforms.

January 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) introduced the Direct Interstate Retail Exemption for Certain Transactions (DIRECT) Act. This legislation will allow state inspected meat to be sold across state lines through e-commerce, allowing small producers and processors more options to directly market to consumers.

October 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced the delisting of the gray wolf in the lower 48 states. 

October 5, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) introduced the PRICE Act, a bill that provides greater price reporting and transparency, comprehensive risk management solutions, bolsters small processor and producer-owned cooperative processing opportunities, and updates the Packer and Stockyards Act to create a cattle contract library.

October 2, 2020 Weekly Column

Throughout my first two years in Congress, I’ve heard from cattle producers struggling with a volatile market and unpredictable pricing. It’s no secret to our producers – the 2019 Holcomb fire and COVID-19 disrupted the cattle market and exposed cracks in our supply chain. 

Last year, after urging from Agriculture state members like myself, Senator Thune, and Senator Rounds, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced an investigation into the cattle market. Part of that investigative report was released over the summer. 

October 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) introduced the PRICE Act, a bill that will increase transparency in the cattle market, improve risk management, and support new and expanding meat processors. Earlier this year, the U.S.

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