Goehring applauds CRP release for haying

BISMARCK, N.D. – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring applauded U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue for releasing additional resources for North Dakota livestock producers. “We are extremely grateful for Secretary Perdue’s continued support and understanding of the difficult situation North Dakota livestock producers are faced with,” Goehring said. “The additional flexibilities add much needed resources for our hardest hit counties.”

Secretary Perdue authorized emergency haying on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres beginning July 16 through Aug. 30 for eligible counties and those with any part of its border within 150 miles of an eligible county.

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.”

Goehring also was informed that the USDA will authorize up to a 12-month exemption to the FSA farm loan requirement that borrowers maintain physical control of their livestock during the term of the loan.

“With the drought conditions spreading, some of our producers see a viable option in drylotting or moving livestock to where the forage is located,” Goehring said. “I appreciate the Secretary’s action to give our producers more options for taking care of their livestock.”

All drought assistance programs and emergency provisions offered by USDA agencies may be found at www.fsa.usda.gov/disaster or by calling a local FSA office.