Feds Approve Emergency Grazing, Haying in Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —
The Nebraska state director of the U.S. Farm Service Agency says drought
conditions have substantially reduced the amount of forage available
Dan Steinkruger said Wednesday that conditions
appeared to improve at the beginning of the year, but many parts of
central, western and southwest Nebraska are still much drier than
Steinkruger says 54 Nebraska counties are now approved for
emergency haying and grazing on land that's enrolled in the federal
Conservation Reserve Program.
Nebraska Cattlemen spokesman Pete
McClymont says producers managed to endure last year's drought because
they began the season with good soil moisture. This year, McClymont says
producers are in "crisis management" mode because the soil is drier,
and many have had to reduce the size of their herds.