North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and the state's congressional delegation recently appealed to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to release the land.
"I am happy we have another option for our livestock producers who need Grazing and we will continue to work with the secretary's office to identify a date for emergency haying of CRP."
Stark County Commission Chairman Jay Elkin, who also farms in the area, said he expects the wheat fields to produce 10 to 15 bushels an acre if he gets some rain in the next few days.
Larry Schnell, manager and partner of Stockmen's Livestock Exchange in Dickinson, said the drought has taken a toll on farmers and ranchers, though it has been even more severe for the ranching community.
"If the drought continues and pasture recovery becomes less likely, feed supplies will decline, the quality and quantity of hay is reduced and stock water becomes scarce — considerable stressors for both the livestock and our producers," Perdue said in a release.
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