The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and South Dakota Farm Service Agency have distributed about 200 tons of donated Conservation Reserve Program hay to state livestock producers whose pastures were adversely affected by this year's wildfires.
"We thank all those who were involved and hope to use this system again in the future," says state Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones.
The Farm Service Agency, producers across the state and South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) staff helped distribute the donated hay to drought-impacted farmers and ranchers who applied by the September deadline or had contacted SDDA.
The hay was to be destroyed per USDA-FSA CRP contracts, but was donated to SDDA for distribution to producers impacted by this year's drought. Producers who participate in the CRP program are usually asked to destroy hay that is baled because they are compensated monetarily for managing those acres.
"With this summer's extreme drought conditions, hay is scarce," Bones says. "Donation of this CRP hay will hopefully lighten the burden on a few of the livestock producers here in South Dakota."
Source: SD Department of Agriculture