South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) announced their support to Thursday's (7/20) move by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make more land available for emergency haying and grazing.

Wanda Blair, SDFB Vice-President, tells us,

We are very appreciative to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for realizing the critical situation producers are facing right now finding forage for their livestock due to the current drought conditions. SDFB, along with other state.agriculture and conservation groups, sent a letter of support earlier this week to Secretary Perdue, requesting the availability of additional Conservation Reserve Program practices for grazing and haying.

The announcement makes more Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in wetland and buffer areas available to farmers and ranchers to use for grazing and haying in portions of Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Producers interested in utilizing these acres are asked to contact their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office and meet with the local Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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