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Governor Fallin signs letter to USDA asking for producer assistance

OK (KSWO)- Governor Mary Fallin, along with the governors of Texas, Kansas and New Mexico, signed a joint letter requesting the United States Department of Agriculture to temporarily suspend grazing restrictions in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). 

Wildfires have burned more than 1.5 million acres across the four states causing livestock producers to experience extreme grazing land shortages. Daily operations of farmers and ranchers have ceased as livestock is moved to a safe grazing area away from the wildfires.

If the emergency grazing authorization is approved, there will be access to more land for livestock to graze on. CRP is a voluntary land conservation program administer by Farm Service Agency (FSA) of USDA to help agricultural producers safeguard environmentally sensitive land.

The letter stated “These fires have also devastated critical infrastructure, including fencing, on farms and ranches in our states. The Emergency Conservation Program provides critical financial resources to affected farmers and ranchers to rebuild fences. We urge the Farm Service Agency to expedite the implementation of the Emergency Conservation Program in our states pursuant to Title 7, part 701 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The sooner the program is implemented, the faster the livestock industries in our states can begin to rebuild from this devastating event.”

Information provided by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

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