Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman requested the authorization of emergency hazing and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) practice CP25 land in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack yesterday.
Kansas has more than 850,000 acres currently enrolled in CP25, with a majority of these acres within the drought region. Many Kansas livestock producers, from the most severely affected areas, have worked closely with FSA county directors and converted CP2 to CP25 to enhance environmental benefits and to be good stewards of the land. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorized this same land to be used for emergency haying and grazing in 2012 and extreme drought conditions have made the request necessary again this year.
In the letter, Secretary Rodman emphasized the dire need for USDA to authorize emergency haying and grazing on CP25 land saying the continued drought conditions have increased negative impacts on feedstock, which are exponential this year in drought affected counties.