Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst made the following statement regarding the request to release CRP acreage for emergency haying and grazing in drought-affected areas of Missouri:
“Missouri’s drought is causing pasture and forage conditions to deteriorate rapidly with no end in sight. Missouri Farm Bureau recently conducted a statewide survey of the drought’s effects on livestock and shared the data with Missouri’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) officials. FSA utilized this information to support its request to release CRP acreage for emergency haying and grazing in drought-affected areas. This request must be approved without further delay.
“Many Missouri cattle producers are faced with tough decisions as the outlook worsens. We call on USDA to act now to provide help and approve FSA’s request for emergency haying and grazing.”