South Dakota Department of Agriculture Accepting Applications for Donated 2011 CRP Mid-Term Management Hay
SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
For Immediate Release: Aug. 17, 2012
Media Contact: Jamie Crew, 605-773-4073
South Dakota Department of Agriculture Accepting Applications for
Donated 2011 CRP Mid-Term Management Hay
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones announced today the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is spearheading the distribution of approximately 400 donated 2011 CRP mid-term management hay bales. Applications are being accepted by SDDA until 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.
In order to respond to livestock feed needs due to widespread drought conditions and wildfires, USDA-FSA is allowing producers with 2011 CRP mid-term management hay to donate the baled residue to SDDA, rather than destroy it.
South Dakota livestock owners who own or lease grassland impacted by wildfire in 2012 are eligible for the donated hay. Submitting an application does not guarantee distribution of hay to your operation.
“With this summer’s extreme drought conditions, hay is scarce,” said Bones. “The donation of this CRP hay will hopefully lighten the burden on a few of the livestock producers here in South Dakota.”
Baled residue from participating producers will be available in limited quantities. SDDA will coordinate the donation effort between the CRP participant and the livestock producer. The recipient will be responsible for expenses and arrangements associated with transporting the donated hay. Extra precautions may need to be exercised as movability of the hay is limited.
Producers receiving hay will be selected by SDDA based on the number of applications received, the amount of hay available and need.
Applications for the program can be found at www.sdda.sd.gov, http://drought.sd.gov or contact SDDA. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. For questions on eligibility and conditions, contact Jamie Crew at 605-773-4073.
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