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S.D. Ag department accepting apps for donated hay bales

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is accepting applications for donated 2015 CRP mid-term management hay bales.

USDA-FSA is allowing producers with CRP mid-term management hay to donate the baled residue to SDDA, rather than destroy it. All producers needing hay for feed in South Dakota may apply. 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 producers in need," said SD Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch.

SDDA will coordinate the donation effort. The recipient is 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, need and the amount of hay available.

Applications for the program can be found at http://sdda.sd.gov/documents/farming-ranching-agribusiness/2015.crp.hay.donation.pdf. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. For questions on eligibility and conditions, contact Jodi Bechard at 605.773.5711.

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–South Dakota Department of Agriculture