Posted by Nicole
The US Department of Agriculture recently declared 20 South Dakota Counties a drought disaster
The declaration allows farmers and ranchers in those twenty counties to hay and graze their Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres starting July 15, 2006. It also allows ranchers to graze their CP-23 (wetland restoration) acres July 15, 2006.
Counties included in the drought disaster declaration are Beadle, Campbell, Corson, Dewey, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, Jerauld, Jones, Lyman, McPherson, Perkins, Potter, Sanborn, Stanley, Sully, Walworth, and Ziebach. Producers in those counties should meet with their local Farm Service Agency to get the necessary paperwork before haying or grazing any CRP or CP-23 land.
The state is also helping the relief effort by allowing farmers and ranchers to mow the right-of-ways along state highways earlier than normal. Governor Mike Rounds is also waiving permit fees for the transportation of baled livestock feed and expanding the hours overwidth loads are allowed to travel on state highways and the interstate system. Additionally the state has activated its feed finder hotline. This helps connect people who are looking for feed with those who have feed available. The hotline can be accessed by calling 1-800-228-5254 or online at http://www.state.sd.us/doa/ .
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