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Ranchers urged to apply for donated CRP hay

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages ranchers from blizzard disaster declared counties to apply for donated 2013 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) mid-term management hay bales. Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, March 21, 2014.

USDA-FSA is allowing producers with 2013 CRP mid-term management hay to donate the baled residue to SDDA, rather than destroy it.

All producers in the affected Atlas blizzard counties are eligible for the donated hay. Submitting an application does not guarantee distribution of hay to your operation.

"We appreciate the South Dakota FSA office working with us to send these bales to ranchers in need," said SD Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch.

Baled residue from CRP ground will be available in limited quantities. SDDA will coordinate the donation effort between the CRP participant and the livestock producer. The recipient will be responsible for expenses and arrangements associated with transporting the donated hay. Extra precautions may need to be exercised as movability of the hay is limited.

Producers receiving hay will be selected by SDDA based on the number of applications received, the amount of hay available and need.

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Applications for the program can be found at http://sdda.sd.gov or by contacting SDDA. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, March 21, 2014. For questions on eligibility and conditions, contact Jamie Crew at 605-773-4073.

Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating over $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 122,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SDAgDept and Twitter @SDAgriculture. F

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