To help livestock producers recover from wildfires, the USDA has announced the release of emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acres nationwide.

Kelly Adkins, state executive director for the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Texas, explains that ranchers in Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma impacted by recent wildfires need grazing acres and hay resources to sustain their herds while they work over the coming months to restore their operations. Those with CRP acres who want to help wildfire-impacted ranchers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office.

The states and counties affected by the wildfires include:

  • Nebraska: Custer, Lincoln and Logan.
  • Oklahoma: Beaver, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Kay, Roger Mills, Texas, Woods and Woodward.
  • Texas: Armstrong, Carson, Gray, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Potter, Roberts and Wheeler.

Read more about the release of emergency haying and grazing on CRP acres here.