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CRAMER: Statement on USDA Opening up More Land for Emergency Haying and Grazing

Jul 20, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement after U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced his authorization for use of additional Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands, namely wetland and buffer practices, for emergency grazing and haying in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana.  This includes, for example, CP 23 wetland restoration acres. 


“Secretary Perdue, once again, is demonstrating his concern for ranchers across the Northern Plains. As conditions in North Dakota hit exceptional drought territory, we must continue to respond as fast as possible for our producers. Through its actions today – the Administration acknowledge the urgency and severity of the situation.”


USDA recommends Landowners interested in emergency haying or grazing of CRP acres should contact the Farm Service Agency (FSA) office and meet with the local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff to obtain a modified conservation plan to include emergency haying/grazing.  Individual conservation plans will take into consideration wildlife needs.  CRP participants are reminded that a certain percentage of fields must be left unhayed or ungrazed.


Additional information about the counties approved for emergency haying and grazing and the eligible CRP practices in this area is available at


More information can be found at