Prevented plant acres may put a dent in forage availability for cattle producers this fall. Farmers and ranchers can’t hay or graze cover crops on prevented plant acres before November 1 without incurring double crop penalties to actual production history. Minnesota cattlemen are helping address the challenge by supporting the Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters (FEEDD) Act. “It’s one of those situations you can’t throw money at the issue; our cattle can’t eat dollar bills,” said Ashley Kohls, executive director, Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association. “We had to find a good solution.” The MSCA had a conference call with the Risk Management Agency about the FEEDD Act.” There is a sense of urgency to move the bill through both chambers before the August recess. “We’re approaching this like a full court press situation. It is extremely important to get this done soon.”
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