Conservation Reserve Program land is not available for haying and grazing until August 1. Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen said farmers involved in the CRP CP 23 Wetlands Restoration program may face further restrictions. “What the FSA is telling me is farmers need to get in and talk to their local office now if they want to cut or hay any of the CRP, including the CP 23. It all depends on what level of drought you’re in with D-2 or D-3. There’s also a 25 percent penalty for some farmers that may or may not be waived.” To source forage, Petersen has explored the availability of state land for haying. The Nature Conservancy is a major landowner in the state and has also been contacted about the availability of grass for feed. “Everything we can do is what I want us to do.”
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