Northern-state lawmakers welcomed USDA’s announcement of an earlier date for haying and grazing of cover crops. South Dakota Senator John Thune says the original date of November 1 was far too late for northern farmers and ranchers. “For example, by November 1 cover crops could still be growing in places like Missouri, while parts of South Dakota will likely already seen frost or snow,” says Thune. “This is welcomed news in the ag community and USDA should be applauded for listening to producers’ needs.” North Dakota Senator John Hoeven says the new date also provides much needed flexibility.”Our livestock producers, as well as our farmers, are facing real challenges with low prices,” says Hoeven. “This early haying and grazing will help them, so I want to thank Secretary Perdue for agreeing in a timely way.”
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