In an effort to assist producers during this dry season, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue has released acres of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in North Dakota for emergency grazing effective immediately through Sept. 30.
By COLE BENZ | Pioneer Editor
In a press released from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, Commissioner Doug Goehring applauded Secretary Perdue for the decision.
“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.
He also gave thanks to the congressional delegation from North Dakota for their efforts in making this decision possible.
“I would like to thank our North Dakota congressional delegation for their efforts in helping to get these acres released.”
During an interview with the Herald, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (ND-D) said that she made frequent calls to Secretary Perdue in regards to the release of CRP land.
CRP land in South Dakota and Montana has also been authorized for emergency grazing, according to the press release. Producers are directed to check with their county Farm Service Agency offices to make sure their acres are eligible. USDA’s release may be found at www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2017/06/23/usda-authorizes-emergency-grazing-drought-stricken-montana-north.