USDA Urges Farmers & Ranchers To Prepare For Continuing Drought

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USDA Urges Farmers & Ranchers To Prepare For Continuing Drought
Press Release by Issuing Company

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

With the prospect of a continuation of one of the worst droughts in nearly 50 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding farmers and ranchers of some of the programs they offer that may help to mitigate effects of the drought.

Last month, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new sign-up for the Conserve Reserve Program (CRP) beginning May 20 and ending on June 14.

The CRP has been protecting the nation's natural resources through voluntary participation for the past 27 years, and provided significant environmental benefits to rural communities and the nation.

Secretary Vilsack pointed out, "Last year, during one of the worst droughts in generations, the CRP proved vital in protecting our most environmentally sensitive lands from erosion. Emergency haying and grazing on CRP lands also supplied critical feed and forage for livestock producers due to the drought."

Currently, about 27 million acres are enrolled in CRP. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.