Goehring applauds CRP expansion for emergency haying and grazing

BISMARCK, N.D. – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring applauded U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue today for releasing more Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for emergency haying and grazing.

The USDA added the ability for farmers and ranchers in D2 drought level or greater to hay and graze CRP wetland and buffer practices. To view the map, click here.

Additional practices authorized include:

  • CP8A – Grass Waterways
  • CP23 – Wetland Restoration
  • CP23A - Wetland Restoration, Non-floodplain
  • CP27 – Farmable Wetlands
  • CP28 – Farmable Wetlands Buffer
  • CP37 – Duck Nesting Habitat
  • CP41 – Flooded Prairie Farmable Wetlands

“The forage in the CRP wetland and buffer practices is some of the most high-quality forage available to farmers and ranchers affected by the state’s drought conditions,” Goehring said. “We are extremely grateful to Secretary Perdue for his continued action to help alleviate the difficult situation North Dakota agricultural producers are facing.”

According to USDA, “Landowners interested in emergency haying of CRP acres should contact their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office and meet with their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff to obtain a modified conservation plan to include emergency haying/grazing.”

The expansion also applies to parts of Montana and South Dakota that have reached D2 or greater.

For contract-specific questions about today’s expansion, contact your local FSA office.

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MEDIA: For more information, please contact Michelle Mielke at 701-328-2233 or mmielke@nd.gov.