Farmers and ranchers in the Dakotas affected by drought will be able to use Conservation Reserve Program acres for emergency haying or grazing after Monday's announcement by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Vilsack in his announcement says lands not yet classified as "under severe drought" that are "abnormally dry" can now be used for haying and grazing, which will increase available forage for livestock.
He says haying and grazing will only be allowed following the local primary nesting season, which has already passed in most areas.
Especially sensitive lands such as wetlands, stream buffers and rare habitats are still ineligible.
South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune took issue with that stipulation, saying that opening access to wetlands and stream buffers could mean up to an additional 445,000 acres in South Dakota.
Most Popular Today
- 1.Retail & Restaurants
SF Judge Considering Another Walmart Lawsuit
- 2.Your Money Matters
Publishers Clearing House Scam
- 3.Development, Events Center
PREMIER Center Open Houses
Pine Ridge Breaks Ground On New Housing Project
Apple Fans Line Up For iPhone 6
Local Distributor Talks Sponsor-Business Relationship
KELOLAND Career Expo Next Week
Friday Morning Business Brief
Friday Evening Business Brief