The USDA did not approve the haying of Conservation Reserve Program acres during primary nesting season this year. Farmers and ranchers in the Dakotas and Minnesota were asking for the flexibility due to the drought. Now, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers are introducing legislation to allow the timely haying of CRP acres in the future. The CRP Flexibility Act would give the USDA authority to allowing emergency haying before the end of the primary nesting season when certain conditions are met and in consultation with the state technical committee. The bill has been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate.
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