abc
QUICK LINKS:

Emergency Haying, Grazing Approved in 7 Counties

Created: 08/12/2014 6:02 AM KSTP.com

Farmers in seven Minnesota counties have been cleared for emergency haying and grazing on acres enrolled in Conservation Reserve Program.
    
The federal Farm Service Agency says excessive rain has caused a severe shortage of available forage for livestock producers in those counties, particularly in south-central Minnesota.
    
Debra Crusoe, the FSA's executive director for Minnesota, says the authorization comes at a critical time when many livestock producers are deciding whether to liquidate their herds.
    
Counties approved for emergency haying and grazing include: Carver, Kittson, Le Sueur, McLeod, Rock, Roseau and Sibley. They experienced unusually heavy rain through mid-July and sustained at least a 40 percent loss of available feed as a result.
    
To initiate emergency haying and grazing, producers must first contact their local FSA office and comply with program rules.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Photo: AP/Danny Johnston

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Overcast
51°
63° | 48°
  • Feels like: 51° F
  • Wind: SE 5mph
  • Humidity: 89%
  • Thu Showers ending by midday
    62° | 48°
  • Fri A few clouds
    70° | 50°
  • Sat Abundant sunshine
    66° | 48°
  • Sun Partly cloudy
    71° | 50°

Video

KSTP NEWS