Haying, grazing may be allowed during drought

Farmers in 70 Minnesota counties affected by drought may obtain permission to graze animals and harvest hay in areas where they usually are not allowed.

“We want to be responsive to landowners’ needs in these extreme weather conditions,” said Executive Director John Jaschke of the Board of Water and Soil Resources. “In order to address those short-term needs, we’ve developed a policy that will protect the public’s investment and preserve wildlife habitats on these lands.”

Farmers interested in haying and grazing on Reinvest in Minnesota land must contact their local soil and water conservation district office.

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