U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement that six Nebraska counties have been authorized to use Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land for emergency grazing.
"I'm very pleased USDA acted so swiftly in approving this emergency drought assistance for Nebraska ranchers," Johanns said. "As the summer progresses, I will remain vigilant on this issue and work with federal agencies to provide assistance to other counties affected by the dry weather conditions."
The counties approved for CRP emergency grazing are Banner, Dawes, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan and Sioux. The CRP emergency grazing authorization for 2012 is effective immediately and currently ends on September 30, 2012. Eligible producers who are interested in emergency grazing of CRP land must request written approval from their local Farm Service Agency office before grazing eligible acreage.