Aug 1, 2012 at 7:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Representatives Collin Peterson and Tim Walz have announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking new action to help Minnesota's livestock producers cope with the ongoing drought.
The USDA will begin opening up more land for haying and grazing on Wetland Reserve Program acres, helping provide relief for high feed costs caused by declining crop yields.
In addition to increasing opportunities for haying and grazing, the Minnesota Natural Resources Conservation Service will hold an emergency sign up under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program August 6th - August 10th for payments for producers to plant forage crops this fall.
Planting additional forage crops could make a difference this fall for livestock producers by helping to increase the supply of animal feed for livestock producers struggling with the drought.