Rep. Johnson named House's top Republican on livestock subcommittee
Rep. Dusty Johnson announced Wednesday he is now the top Republican on the House Agriculture Committee’s Livestock & Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee.
Johnson is the first congressman from the Northern Plains to be selected as the top Republican of this subcommittee in nearly 40 years, according to a news release from his office.
“Ranching and raising livestock often gets less attention in DC than it deserves,” Johnson stated. “I’m looking forward to highlighting the challenges and opportunities facing South Dakota’s small feeders and cow-calf operators.”
The subcommittee on Livestock & Foreign Agriculture has jurisdiction over policies and laws related to livestock, poultry, dairy and seafood products. This includes inspection, marketing, promotion, aquaculture, animal welfare, grazing, foreign agricultural assistance and trade promotion.
Johnson recently co-sponsored a bill with Rep.Henry Cueller, D-Texas, that 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.