A curious cow looks over a fence in a paddock near Trittau, northern Germany, on Tuesday Nov. 28, 2000. Mad cow disease is a topic after a cow was found infected by it for the first time in Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land.
State Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman urged the agency in a letter Thursday to grant an extension through Nov. 30. The same step was taken during last year's drought without landowners incurring penalties in the form of a rental payment reduction.
Rodman says that while parts of Kansas have benefited from needed rainfall, many portions of the state remain in a severe drought condition.
There are 2.15 million acres enrolled in CRP in Kansas.
Rodman says in a news release that allowing ranchers to continue accessing that forage could be the difference between maintaining a cow herd or facing liquidation.