(Posted Thu. Aug 23rd, 2012)
Aug. 23: The National Corn Growers Association appreciates the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s most recent decision to allow emergency haying and grazing of cover crops for livestock producers. NCGA and the Iowa Corn Growers Association have worked on this issue with USDA’s Risk Management Agency as an additional drought resource for livestock producers.
According to the USDA, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack plans to file special provisions with the federal crop insurance program to allow haying and grazing of cover crops without impacting the insurability of planted 2013 spring crops. This announcement will help provide much needed forage and feed for livestock during the fall and winter months.
“We are pleased to see the USDA continue to take important actions to help those affected by the drought,” NCGA President Garry Niemeyer said. “The use of cover crops for emergency haying and grazing immensely helps our livestock partners but also corn farmers who have stated crop insurance continues to be their No. 1 risk management tool.”
Over the past six weeks, the USDA has declared 1,692 counties disaster areas due to drought conditions. The USDA and other governmental agencies are continuing to reach out to farmers throughout the country to offer support and assistance.
To view more resources, visit NCGA’s drought page.