NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Requests Grazing Extension from USDA
TOPEKA, Kan. – Today, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman urged USDA to extend emergency haying and grazing in Kansas.
In a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Rodman urged the agency to extend emergency haying and grazing for land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program through November 30, as was done in 2012, without incurring penalty in the form of rental payment reduction.
“While parts of Kansas have benefited from much-needed rainfall, there are many portions of the state that remain in a severe drought situation,” said Rodman. “It is incumbent upon us as public officials serving farmers and ranchers to take immediate and necessary action to provide relief in times of disaster situations, specifically the ongoing, three-year drought.”
Rodman noted that there are 2.15 million acres enrolled in CRP in Kansas. Permitting farmers and ranchers to continue accessing this critical forage could very likely be the difference between maintaining a cowherd or facing liquidation.
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