U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) responded to his calls to allow haying and grazing of certain CP 25 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in response to sustained drought.

Roberts sent a letter last month calling for this important feed option for Kansas livestock producers, especially those in Western Kansas who have been hard hit by multiple years of intense, historic drought.

“I am pleased USDA acted so that livestock producers will have this option to help them make it through this incredibly tough time,” Roberts said.

Producers are encouraged to check with their local FSA office for more details on the additional CRP releases for emergency haying and grazing.

Kansas has 2.3 million acres enrolled in CRP, including 850,000 acres designated as CP25. The majority of CP25 acreage in Kansas is found in areas experiencing severe and prolonged drought, where additional forage is a critical need for livestock.  

Senator Roberts is a senior member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.