USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing
April 7, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, acting in response to a directive from President Donald J. Trump, on April 4 authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program lands located in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas - the three states which were most heavily impacted by ongoing wildfires which began more than a month ago. USDA Acting Deputy Secretary Michael L. Young issued a memorandum authorizing the emergency grazing by ranchers. The authorization is pursuant to appropriate restrictions and conservation measures, which can be found in the Acting Deputy Secretary's memorandum.

"Ranchers are facing devastating conditions and economic calamity because of these wildfires and they need some relief, or else they face the total loss of their herds in many cases," said Acting Deputy Secretary Young. "These measures will allow them to salvage what remains of their cattle and return to the important business of feeding Americans and the rest of the world."