June 6, 2013 at 02:32pm
ST. PAUL (June 6, 2013) – Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) signed a letter, along with other farm groups, to United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting a waiver for the November 1 date linked to harvesting or grazing cover crops on prevented plant acres. This is needed for the farmers who cannot plant corn due to the wet spring, as well as cattle and dairy farmers who are experiencing severe forage shortage.
“This letter is urging the Administration to relieve people from the severe weather conditions that have ripped through southeast Minnesota and challenged farmers,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “Mother Nature always bats last and has served up conditions that may jeopardize many dairy farmers and cow-calf operations in Minnesota, and certain crop deadlines with regard to haying and grazing need to be extended.”
The letter asks Secretary Vilsack for, “Your immediate action to lift the November 1 date linked to Risk Management Agency (RMA) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) policies would serve as an incentive for all farmers to plant cover crops on prevented acres which will have multiple benefits, ranging from soil and water conservation to providing much needed forage for livestock farmers.”