It may be too late for this year, but bills have been introduced in Congress to improve the Agriculture Department’s ability to allow for the timely haying of CRP land during a weather disaster, like this year’s drought. The bill would make emergency haying available when certain conditions are met and with consultation of the state technical committee. The bill has been introduced by Senator John Thune of South Dakota and Minnesota Senator Tina Smith in the upper chamber. The House version was introduced by South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson and Minnesota Representative Angie Craig.
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