Additional Grazing Opens Up for Farmers and Ranchers

Additional Grazing Opens Up for Farmers and Ranchers

South Dakota Farm Bureau is encouraged by the announcement Friday that additional grazing is opening up for South Dakota farmers and ranchers impacted by the current drought. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that all counties within a 150 mile radius of one of those counties already in the drought threshold will also be authorized for grazing.

Previously, Brown, Campbell, Corson, Dewey, Edmunds, Faulk, Haakon, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, McPherson, Meade, Pennington, Perkins, Potter, Stanley, Sully, Walworth and Ziebach Counties were opened up for CRP grazing after being categorized as D2 (severe drought) by the U.S. Drought Monitor. A map of new counties approved for CRP emergency grazing under the new guidelines will be available at

“We are pleased that Sec. Perdue understands the serious nature of the issues facing our producers,” said Scott VanderWal, SDFB President. “SDFB will continue to collaborate with State and Federal agencies to make sure our producers' issues are being addressed.”

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