Farmers and ranchers seeking forage for their cattle need to contact their local FSA office for additional clarity before cutting hay on CRP ground. “Just because August 2 came and went, they need to be careful if they’re going to cut CRP,” said Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen. “There might be restrictions because of your practices like CP 23 and CP37 or you might have restrictions because you’re in D3 (extreme drought) and not D2 (severe drought); it can be super frustrating.” Petersen is working with the DNR to make land available for grazing. “People that are interested in doing that should contact their local land manager through the DNR. In addition, the Board of Water and Soil Resources has easements through RIM that may be available for farmers and you can talk to your local Soil and Water Conservation District about that.” Information is available on the MDA website.
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