OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The governors of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico are seeking temporary suspension of grazing restrictions for farmers and ranchers because of wildfires.
The fires have burned more than 2,300 square miles in the four states, forcing farmers and ranchers to move their livestock.
The letter from the governors to acting Secretary of Agriculture Mike Young asks that the restrictions in the Conservation Reserve Program be lifted to provide more land for grazing.
The program is a voluntary land conservation program of the Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help agricultural producers protect environmentally sensitive land.
According to the agency, emergency grazing of CRP land is authorized under certain conditions to provide relief to livestock producers due to some natural disasters.