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November 5, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) cosponsored the Real Marketing Edible Artificial Truthfully (MEAT) Act of 2019, to address imitation meat and to establish a federal definition of beef that applies to food labels.

“A plant-based creation isn’t the same as South Dakota beef,” said Rep. Johnson. “It’s to the benefit of consumers and producers alike when folks have a better understanding of where their food comes from—the Real MEAT Act would provide the transparency Americans deserve.”

October 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today sent a letter to President Trump in support of Gov.

October 25, 2019 Weekly Column

 

October 24, 2019 In The News

Today U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), Liz Cheney (R-WY), and Frank Lucas (R-OK), introduced the Livestock Risk Management and Education Act, a bill that would provide grants to certain state land-grant universities to better equip livestock producers with risk management training.

October 23, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) voiced support following notice of a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Integrity Act of 2019, a bill that Johnson introduced along with Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN). The hearing will examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s Small Refinery Exemption waivers and mismanagement of the RFS program.

October 22, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), Liz Cheney (R-WY), and Frank Lucas (R-OK), introduced the Livestock Risk Management and Education Act, a bill that would provide grants to certain state land-grant universities to better equip livestock producers with risk management training. Cattle Association’s and educators had the following to say:

American Farm Bureau Federation, Scott VanderWal, Vice President:

October 21, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), Liz Cheney (R-WY), and Frank Lucas (R-OK), introduced the Livestock Risk Management and Education Act, a bill that would provide grants to certain state land-grant universities to better equip livestock producers with risk management training.

October 21, 2019 In The News

Rep. Dusty Johnson is co-sponsoring a bill in the U.S. House to help agricultural students at public schools.

The bill would provide federal grants for risk management training, teaching students about volatility in the livestock market. 

“Producers already face an uphill battle of unpredictable weather, understanding cattle prices doesn’t need to be an added challenge,” Johnson said in a release. “I’m proud to partner with my colleagues from cattle country to help best prepare our Ag economy and producers for the future.”

October 20, 2019 In The News

A partial breakthrough in the on-going trade dispute with China.

That country has now agreed to once again allow U-S poultry products to be sold in the country ending a five year ban following an outbreak of Avian Flu in 2014.

U-S trade representatives say this development could lead to $1 billion in U-S poultry exports to China over the next year.

The news of the poultry market breakthrough is a good sign for the nation and South Dakota.

October 4, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) applauded the administration’s announcement to expand ethanol blending beginning in 2020. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will partner to improve the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and implement it as intended.

September 25, 2019 In The News

U.S. Sen. John Thune and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson applauded a new U.S. trade deal with Japan as a positive for the agriculture industry.

"Amid what seems like a tidal wave of obstacles this year, this is exactly the kind of news farm country has been waiting for, and I expect this deal, once approved by Japan, will have a direct and positive effect on the U.S. agriculture industry," Thune said in a statement. 

September 20, 2019 Weekly Column

Washington is a town where investigations can last for years and cost millions of taxpayer dollars. Some investigations happen in order to check a box before moving onto the next task. We all know in D.C. there are two types of investigations. Investigations that are “for show” and investigations that are “for real.”

In cattle country we need an investigation “for real.”

September 19, 2019 Press Release

Click here to watch the full speech. 

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today spoke on the U.S. House of Representatives Floor regarding an ongoing investigation into the cattle market.

Johnson’s Remarks Below:

“Mr. Speaker, this is a town where some investigations last for years and sometimes cost millions.

September 18, 2019 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today repeated his support for the United States Mexico Canada Agreement on the U.S. House Floor.

Johnson’s remarks below:

“Mr. Speaker, it’s time.

“It’s time for Congress to pass the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement: the USMCA. This is not, as many of you know, a new issue.

September 18, 2019 In The News

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota's Republican U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson says it's time for Congress to pass a trade deal with Mexico and Canada.

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, Johnson took to the House floor in Washington, D.C. to declare that the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, negotiated by the Trump administration, is "clearly a better agreement" than its predecessor NAFTA, and that Congress "needs to do its job for the good of this country" in passing it.

September 13, 2019 Press Release

By Rep. Dusty Johnson

September 13, 2019 Weekly Column

The six-week August break did folks some good – my colleagues on the right, and many on the left, are ready to get to work on passing the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). It’s amazing the spark that ignites when legislators spend six weeks hearing from their bosses back home. Democrats and Republicans are finding common ground on this issue – that’s a win for America. 

August 23, 2019 Weekly Column

South Dakota is leading the way in energy independence. I’ve always said the greatest improvements in our environment and conservation won’t come in the form of a “green new deal” or the latest trend on the internet – it will come from U.S. innovation. The biofuels industry in South Dakota, along with the efforts of farmers, has proven innovation can move the needle in the right direction. 

August 9, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson was in Aberdeen for a town hall-style event at the Twist Cone.

His event, called “Inside Scoop with Dusty” drew a crowd of about 40.

Earlier in the day Johnson met with a group of constituents at Aberdeen Development Corp. and toured Avera St. Luke’s Hospital.

 

Residents asked Johnson a variety of questions. The following is a sample of the answers he gave.

July 23, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a proposed rule to rein in an egregiously abused process that confers eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to households who receive nominal services or support from other social safety net programs, a pathway often referred to as Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE). After the announcement, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K.

June 20, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement which would adjust the November 1st harvest date for cover crop on prevent plant acres to September 1st.

June 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) spoke on the House Floor to emphasize the need to move up the November 1st prevent plant date through an administrative fix, if not through legislation. Last week, Johnson introduced the bipartisan Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters (FEEDD) Act, which would create an emergency waiver authority for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (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.

June 18, 2019 In The News

Spaghetti with meat sauce, hot hamburger with mashed potatoes, beef and noodles and cheeseburgers — these are the tasty menu items enjoyed by students at Wall School in Wall, S.D., all prepared by head cook Lynn Dunker using locally-raised beef.

June 14, 2019 Weekly Column

When I sat down with a group of farmers and ranchers a few weeks back in Parker, they all told me the same thing: forage stocks are running low because of our wet spring. South Dakotans are well-aware our planting season has been delayed because of continuous flooding and rain. This has gotten national attention. What’s not talked about quite as frequently is how this adverse weather affects what goes in our livestock’s bellies down the road.

June 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - After U.S. Reps. Dusty Johnson (R - SD) and Angie Craig (D - MN) introduced the Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters (FEEDD) Act earlier this week, local and national support has continued to build for this bipartisan effort to give farmers and ranchers additional emergency flexibility and help alleviate feed concerns.

June 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today sent a letter to President Trump in support of Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian Bear Runner’s request for a major disaster declaration for the Pine Ridge Reservation following severe winter storms and flooding that occurred March 13 through March 26, 2019.     

June 12, 2019 In The News

A newly introduced bill could help alleviate feed shortages.

"Across the state of South Dakota and really nationwide have experienced a spring in which excess moisture has been a problem," vice president of South Dakota Corn Growers Association, farms in McCook County, Scott Stahl said.

June 12, 2019 In The News

Representatives Dusty Johnson of South Dakota and Angie Craig of Minnesota have introduced the Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters or FEEDD Act. The legislation gives farmers and ranchers additional flexibility to help alleviate feed shortages during planting seasons due to drought or with high levels of prevent plant due to extreme moisture. Johnson says the bill would force the Risk Management Agency to make the policy change.

NCBA Policy Division Vice Chairman Todd Wilkinson says the bill is badly needed with excessive rain and flooding in the Midwest this spring.

June 11, 2019 In The News

McCOOK COUNTY, S.D.  (KELO) - From a wet, muddy calving season to soggy fields, this spring has been anything but easy for farmers and ranchers. Now a new bill could hopefully relieve some of their stress.

U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson and Angie Craig introduced the bipartisan FEEDD Act, which stands for Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters Act.

June 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Angie Craig (D-MN-02) introduced the bipartisan Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters Act (FEEDD Act). The FEEDD Act will provide farmers and ranchers additional emergency flexibility to help alleviate feed shortages during planting seasons with high levels of prevent plant due to extreme moisture or drought.

June 4, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today introduced the Farm and Ranch to School Act, which would amend the National School Lunch Act, Farm to School Program, to include funding to make local livestock and meat procurement for school lunch programs a priority.  

May 31, 2019 Weekly Column

Agriculture producers need relief. For months, South Dakota and our neighboring states faced record flooding and now we’re seeing continued wet conditions from rainfall. For those of us who didn’t grow up in Ag, rainstorms are equated with things like blankets, movies, and cancelled ball games. For South Dakota producers, more rain means delay. It means folks can’t plant their crops — it means folks can’t make a living. 
 

May 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON- Representatives Collin C. Peterson (D-MN) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and the co-chairs of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019 which establishes an annual June 1st deadline for refineries to submit small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions from their RFS blending obligations each year and increases transparency in the process.

May 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today sent a letter to President Trump in support of Gov. Kristi Noem’s (R-S.D.) request for a major disaster declaration in South Dakota following severe late-winter storms, high winds, heavy rain, and flooding that began on March 13, 2019.

May 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today urged United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Perdue to provide short-term economic relief to American agriculture producers facing a challenging economic climate.

April 4, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) took part in his first hearing as Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Subcommittee. The hearing focused on the Trump administration’s proposed rule to ensure Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) waivers from work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) are being utilized by areas who truly need them.

April 3, 2019 In The News

South Dakota's lone member for U.S. House of Representatives is backing the Trump administration's plan to add work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The change would require most able-bodied adults to work at least 20 hours. There are a number of exceptions, including special protections for Native American reservations.

Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) supports the plan from the USDA. In a Tuesday U.S. House subcommittee hearing, Johnson heard about the potential impacts this change would have.

March 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule that would allow for the year-round sale of E15, a 15 percent ethanol fuel blend. Current regulations only allow for E10 in the summer months, limited to 10 percent ethanol.

March 8, 2019 Weekly Column

  Trade is about more than exchanging goods and services.  Trade can lift families and industries out of an economic slump and offer opportunities for growth.  The absence of trade can result in uncertainty and struggle.

February 28, 2019 In The News
"This plan is so outrageous that it’s been called the 'Green Dream.' If Democrats did their homework, they would know that just a few months ago Congress delivered a Green New Deal – It’s called the 2018 Farm Bill. And it delivered historic investments and collaboration with producers for improvements in Conservation, Forest management, and Energy Efficiency."
February 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill (S.

February 26, 2019 In The News

Congressman Dusty Johnson agrees with Governor Kristi Noem that ongoing trade disputes have really hurt South Dakota agriculture.

"Yeah. I mean. Of course, we need a successful outcome to this trade dispute, but we also need a swift one," Johnson tells Kelo Radio's It's Your Business Show with Bill Zortman.  

Johnson says a solution can't be two years down the road because a lot of people will go out of business between now and then.

February 25, 2019 In The News
“I think it’s exciting anytime you can see entrepreneurship at the private sector and at the local government level coming together and making for a better future. We need more agreements like this throughout the country,” said Rep. Johnson.
February 22, 2019 Weekly Column

After seven consecutive weeks of session in Washington, DC, I was grateful to spend a full week working back in beautiful South Dakota. My first in-state work week was full of “firsts.” 

 

February 20, 2019 In The News
While a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada was signed by President Donald Trump at the end of November, it has yet to be ratified by Congress. That needs to change, said U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., speaking Wednesday at the Aberdeen Ag Expo at the Best Western Ramkota Inn and Convention Center.
February 14, 2019 In The News
“If you look at this bill on the facts, on its potential to positively impact people’s lives, this is a good bill,” Johnson said.
February 8, 2019 Weekly Column

I may not be a farmer, but I know what it’s like to work hard. If you are a farmer during weeks like this one, where Antarctica looks balmy, there is no option to simply take the day off. Farmers endure. Agriculture endures.

February 5, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) issued the following statement tonight in response to President Donald J. Trump’s 2019 State of the Union Address.

“I was encouraged by President Trump’s call for unity and bipartisanship during a time where we seem so divided. I came to Congress to find solutions to complex problems, and I truly believe the best solutions arise when we work together.

January 31, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today announced his appointment as Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations. Rep. Johnson was appointed to this position by Committee Ranking Member Conaway.

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