NFU Applauds USDA Decision to Allow for Emergency Haying in Upper Great Plains
WASHINGTON – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue authorized the release of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota for emergency haying. The announcement follows urgent requests from National Farmers Union (NFU), state Farmers Union divisions, agriculture groups and legislators for the USDA to address severe drought conditions in the Upper Great Plains.
In response to the decision, NFU President Roger Johnson issued the following statement:
“The persistent drought in the Upper Great Plains is forcing many of our members in the region to make tough decisions about downsizing their herd, or even keeping their farm. Given that they are also dealing with a severely depressed farm economy, the Secretary’s action will go a long way towards alleviating some of the concerns currently facing family farmers and ranchers.
“NFU applauds the Secretary for listening to our concerns and responding in a meaningful way to help family ranchers in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and surrounding areas get through this drought.”
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.