Goehring applauds release of CRP acres

BISMARCK, N.D. – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring received word today that United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue has released Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres in North Dakota for emergency grazing effective immediately through September 30.

“Secretary Perdue has the ultimate discretionary authority and I am elated that he acted so swiftly upon our request from earlier this week,” Goehring said. “I would like to thank our North Dakota congressional delegation for their efforts in helping to get these acres released.”

“Secretary Perdue understands and respects the severity of the situation and the producers of North Dakota and took immediate action,” Goehring continued. “I am happy we have another option for our livestock producers who need grazing and we will continue to work with the Secretary’s office to identify a date for emergency haying of CRP.”

CRP acreage in South Dakota and Montana has also been authorized for emergency grazing.

Producers should check with their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to ensure their acres are eligible. USDA’s release may be found at https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2017/06/23/usda-authorizes-emergency-grazing-drought-stricken-montana-north.