News Date: 10/25/2011
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has re-issued an Executive Order that suspends the permits needed for oversize vehicles that are transporting baled livestock feed to other states. The Governor's Executive Order extends the permit suspension until midnight, Dec. 22nd, 2011.
The livestock industry in the southwestern United States, especially Texas, has been especially hard hit by drought. As conditions continue to deteriorate, farmers and ranchers in extremely dry areas are struggling to find forage for their livestock. The Departments of Agriculture in Texas, South Dakota and North Dakota are requesting that the USDA Farm Service Agency allow any hay cut on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres to be donated to drought-stricken livestock producers such as those in Texas.
"Southwest portions of the country are facing prolonged drought, and the situation for livestock producers is getting worse," said South Dakota Agriculture Secretary Walt Bones. "We want to be equipped to help those producers any way we can. One way we can help is to get hay down there quickly. Being able to donate hay cut from CRP acres would also be a big help to those cattle producers." For more information, click here.
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