U-S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says they continue to provide help to livestock producers suffering from this year’s drought. Vilsack says first, USDA is opening opportunities for use of CRP acres. USDA also authorized haying and grazing of WRP easement areas in drought affected areas.
Additional acres under CRP can now be used for haying or grazing under these emergency conditions. Lands that are not yet classified as “under severe drought” but are abnormally dry can be used for livestock haying and grazing. USDA also authorized haying and grazing of WRP easement areas in drought affected areas.
USDA is encouraging crop insurance companies to voluntarily forego charging interest on unpaid crop insurance premiums for an extra 30 days. This would expand that date to November 1st for spring crops.
There are 1,297 counties in 29 states designated as disaster areas by USDA.