Despite the obstacles, Dwyer thinks he got into ranching at the perfect time. In part because of the drought, U.S. cattle production has shrunk and prices have skyrocketed. He has nearly tripled the size of his herd since buying his first cows with the FSA loan.
“I got into it when the beef prices were starting to go up, and then we hit that drought, and the drought even affected us, but the herd numbers across the country are at a all time low,” he said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.