USDA Opens Up Almost All ND CRP Lands to Provide Drought Relief to ND Ranchers

Just one week after U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s call on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to make sure North Dakota ranchers are able to access the lands they need for foraging, his agency heeded her call – opening up over 39 percent of the 40 percent remaining Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres that remained ineligible for emergency haying and grazing.
Heitkamp is still working to improve the comprehensive resources and tools necessary for North Dakota farmers and ranchers to make it through the drought and severe weather they may face in the future.
Last month, Heitkamp launched her drought resources webpage to make sure farmers and ranchers can access local, state, and federal tools and assistance. These resources include haying and grazing options, tax information, mental health services, and resource eligibility requirements.

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