GOEHRING ASKS FARM SERVICE AGENCY TO CONSIDER OPEINING CRP ACRES FOR GRAZING

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has asked the U.S. Farm Service Agency (FSA) to consider allowing farmers and ranchers who cannot access their summer pastures to graze their animals on Conservation Reserve Program acres.

“Throughout the state, producers are finding their summer pastures inundated with water and totally unusable. Others are facing washed-out roads that prevent them from hauling cattle to summer pastures,” Goehring said in a letter to Aaron Krauter, North Dakota FSA state executive director. “Any help concerning this matter would prevent forced liquidation of livestock and ease the heartache caused by multiple events that have taken place in the last several months.”

Goehring said FSA was very helpful in allowing farmers and ranchers to use CRP acres for holding areas for livestock during the critical calving and lambing season this spring.

“Now we are at a point when farmers and ranchers turn their livestock out on summer pastures,” he said.