Starting today, July 16, emergency haying and grazing will be allowed on certain Conservation Reserve Program acres throughout South Dakota.
On June 15, U.S. Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds urged the USDA to provide timely assistance to counties currently facing extreme drought conditions.
These CPR-enrolled acres are usually not available to haying and grazing until August 1.
“Two weeks might not sound like a long time, but when faced with conditions as severe as they currently are, every single day matters,” Thune said.
The authorization includes any county with any part of its border that is located within 150 miles of a county that has been approved for emergency CPR haying. No CRP rental payment will be assessed for CRP emergency haying or grazing.
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