USDA opens conservation land for haying, grazing

Walker calls USDA move another step towards relief
USDA opens conservation land for haying, grazing

Wisconsin farmers will be allowed to cut hay and graze cattle on land in conservation programs under a loosening of restrictions by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

   Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday calls the USDA move “another step toward relief and recovery for farmers here in Wisconsin and across the Midwest.”

   Typically, the land must be set aside for wildlife habitat and to avoid erosion, but it may be used to feed livestock in emergencies. Now, farmers whose land is listed as “abnormally dry” can take part.

   Walker encourages farmers to contact their local Farm Service Agency for more information.

   The USDA move comes after Walker on Monday allowed for haying and cattle grazing on about 11,500 acres of state-owned land.