August 9, 2022
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Rep. Noem asks Vilsack to open CRP land for haying & grazing in SD

Representative Kristi Noem sent a letter today to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking that he extend recently announced disaster program improvements to South Dakota and open Conservation Reserve Program land for haying and grazing. The following are a few paragraphs from her letter:

I want to thank you for announcing measures on July 11 to give farmers and ranchers additional options in the face of natural disasters, as drought conditions continue to take hold across the country. In South Dakota, farmers and ranchers are facing dwindling supplies of hay, rising grain prices and continued dry weather.

I appreciate the program improvements your department announced this week to streamline processing, reduce interest rates and payment reductions for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands used for haying and grazing. However, South Dakota does not currently qualify to benefit from the announcement because the state has not yet met the threshold for drought, but that could quickly change.

It is clear that you recognize the importance of providing America’s farmers and ranchers with the tools they need to withstand this drought and other natural disasters. This is why I am requesting that you extend the streamlined processing, reduced interest rates and CRP payment improvements to all areas experiencing extremely dry conditions now, so livestock producers can better prepare for continued drought and haying and grazing shortages.

I also strongly urge you to consider releasing CRP acres in South Dakota, where necessary, for emergency haying and grazing, and if approved by the State Technical Committee, prior to August 1. Providing our ranchers access to these areas for haying and grazing would ease the impact that drought conditions have on producers in South Dakota and could prevent economic losses from early sale and transporting livestock out of state.

 The full text of Noem’s letter to Vilsack can be read by clicking here.


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