CRAMER: USDA Grants Emergency Haying for North Dakota Producers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is authorizing emergency haying starting July 16 for livestock producers dealing with the ongoing drought.
“Once again, I have to say thank you to Secretary Perdue for his incredible handling of this drought emergency across the Northern Plains. Under the Trump Administration, the USDA has shown the people of North Dakota that their livelihoods matter to the federal government. By expeditiously deploying every option at the USDA’s disposal, including emergency haying, North Dakota producers have a better chance to sustain their core herds and make it through this terrible drought. With all options on the table for ranchers, all we can do is continue to pray for better weather forecasts ahead.”
In addition, the USDA will authorize up to a 12 month exemption to the FSA farm loan requirement that borrowers maintain physical control of livestock during the term of the loan. This exemption will allow livestock producers the option of sending livestock to feedlots, drylots or otherwise relocate livestock to locations where feed, forage and water needs can be met.
For more drought information, visit Cramer.House.Gov/Drought.