Goehring urges exemption for specific type of CRP acres

BISMARCK, N.D. – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring sent a request to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue asking for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres in type CP23 to be considered for emergency haying. There are just over 190,000 acres in type CP23 in North Dakota, which is designated as wetland restoration.

“We have found that many producers are running up against CRP contracts with restrictions or stipulations on haying and grazing,” Goehring said. “With North Dakota being in the prairie pothole region, there are a lot of CP23 contracts that producers are unable to utilize.”

In a letter to Secretary Perdue, Goehring outlined the latest information about forage losses.

New updated information from counties in North Dakota show that we are experiencing losses from 50 to 97 percent in many counties with numerous producers stating losses of 70 percent or greater,” Goehring said. “Releasing CP23 acres would provide producers with some of the most high quality forage available in this season of drought.”

Only 50 percent of CRP released for emergency haying is allowed to be cut, which would allow 95,000 acres of type CP23 to be utilized, should the request be approved.

Goehring also praised Secretary Perdue for his continued responsiveness and understanding of the difficult situation North Dakota livestock producers are faced with. “We are extremely grateful for everything he has done to date for our state and our producers,” Goehring said.