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FNS File Photo Ranchers are expecting to receive disaster funds for losing cattle, like the ones shown above in this undated photo, during a blizzard that hit South Dakota in October.

Good start for livestock disaster sign-up: South Dakota FSA head hopes first checks will go out soon

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The head of Farm Service Agency’s South Dakota office is optimistic that hard-hit ranchers will soon begin receiving federal disaster assistance.

“I would suspect that shortly after the first week of May, we should be able to see some checks being cut and ranchers and producers receiving their money,” said Craig Schaunaman, state executive director.

Other Upper Midwest FSA and livestock officials are hopeful that federal livestock disaster programs will operate smoothly.

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