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Cornyn, Cruz, Thornberry send letter to USDA Secretary asking for emergency CRP land use

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry and U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz penned a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asking that Texas producers be allowed to graze in Conservation Reserve Program lands due to wildfires and the drought. (File Photo)

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry and U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz penned a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asking that Texas producers be allowed to graze in Conservation Reserve Program lands due to wildfires and the drought.

In the letter, dated May 8, the secretary is reminded is reminded that several counties are currently in extreme drought and exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor and those conditions have been ongoing for some time. The letter adds that recent wildfires have depleted ground cover for grazing.

During the nesting season, emergency haying and grazing is not an option leaving emergency use the only alternative for numerous producers, the letter says.

The Congressman and Senators close the letter by thanking Secretary Perdue for his proven support of the nation's agricultural producers, especially the assistance provided during last year's wildfires that was critical to recovery.


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