The end of bird-nesting season will open up a new use for certain farmlands.
Senator Pat Robers, R-Kansas, announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is authorizing certain acreage enrolled under the Conservation Reserve Program to be available for hay and forage after the primary nesting season ends for grass-nesting birds.
"I am pleased USDA has taken this action to help producers suffering from drought and higher feed costs," Roberts said in a statement. "This will allow producers to have options as we head into the summer months."
The USDA says eligible land may not be hayed or grazed until after the end of the primary nesting season. They also say some of the eligible land or forage of the land must be reserved for wildlife and any land that is used under this authority must have a conservation plan.
Signup for interested CRP participants will begin June 2, 2008, at local Farm Service Agency offices. The change is good only for 2008, and must be completed by November 10, 2008.