Ranchers with surviving livestock who need access to feed have three programs that may provide assistance to them, according to a media release from the USDA Farm Service Agency.
The first is the “emergency use” of acreage in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Authorization has been granted for Powder River and Rosebud Counties, but individual ranchers must contact their respective Farm Service Agency (FSA) office for approval on a case-by-case basis.
Emergency grazing of CRP due to drought has been approved to start Monday and continue through the end of September. This grazing has been granted in Beaverhead, Big Horn, Custer, Madison, Rosebud and Yellowstone counties. This grazing will be granted to qualified applicants with reduction in grazing privilege fees.
The Emergency Conservation Program, or ECP, has been requested, but not yet approved, for Powder River and Rosebud Counties. This would set up a cost-share reimbursement program for ranchers who need fence replacements and other logistical support to get their operations running again.
Ranchers seeking more information on these programs should contact their respective FSA offices, or click here.