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Montana FSA: USDA Expands CREmergency Haying & Grazing to 48 Montana Counties to Assist Drought-Affected Livestock Producers


Posted Date: 
July 23, 2012

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new flexibility in the USDA Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) that will provide much-needed help to Montana's drought-affected livestock producers effective immediately, said Bruce Nelson, former FSA administrator who has returned to his position as the State Executive Director for Montana Farm Service Agency.

"In Montana, today's announcement means an additional 27 counties are authorized for emergency haying and grazing of CRP acres due to drought bringing the total to 48 Montana counties," Nelson said. "This change allows CRP lands that are not yet classified "under severe drought" but that are "abnormally dry" to be used for haying and grazing. Interested producers must sign up with their county FSA office before haying or grazing can occur."

As of July 23rd, the following 48 out of 56 counties in Montana are authorized for emergency CRP haying and grazing: Beaverhead, Big Horn, Blaine, Broadwater, Carbon, Carter, Cascade, Chouteau, Custer, Dawson, Deer Lodge, Fallon, Fergus, Flathead, Gallatin, Garfield, Golden Valley, Granite, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Madison, McCone, Meagher, Missoula, Musselshell, Park, Petroleum, Phillips, Pondera, Powder River, Powell, Prairie, Ravalli, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sheridan, Silver Bow, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Teton, Treasure, Valley, Wheatland, Wibaux and Yellowstone.

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