MANHATTAN, Kan. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture today authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands located in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, which were heavily impacted by wildfires in March. “We appreciate the support from the USDA and the Trump administration in response to this critical need for emergency grazing of cattle by ranchers in the region,” said Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey. “The wildfires have created a tremendous burden on Kansas farmers and ranchers, and flexibility in government programs is especially important in meeting their needs as they begin the recovery process.”
Kansas counties affected include: Clark, Comanche, Ellis, Ellsworth, Ford, Hodgeman, Kiowa, Lane, Lincoln, Meade, Ness, Russell and Seward. Producers wishing to graze on CRP lands already enrolled in contracts with USDA should contact their local Farm Service Agency office.
For more details or other updated information about wildfire recovery resources, visit the Kansas Department of Agriculture webpage at www.agriculture.ks.gov/wildfire.