FEEDD Act introduced in U.S. House

A bill that would allow for early haying and grazing of
cover crops on prevent plant ground has been introduced in the U.S. House.

Minnesota Democrat Angie Craig and South Dakota Republican
Dusty Johnson are co-sponsors of the Feed Emergency Enhancement During
Disasters–or FEEDD Act, which would create an emergency waiver authority for
Ag Secretary Perdue to move the timeline for harvesting a prevent plant cover
from November first to September first.

Ashley Kohls with the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association tells Brownfield producers are concerned they won’t have enough forage this year.

“So we’re hopeful this bill will alleviate some of those issues for beef and dairy farmers.”

In addition to unplanted acres restricting forages, she
says pastures have been damaged by widespread rainfall.

Kohls has talked to Minnesota U.S. Senator Tina Smith, who supports the FEEDD Act and is looking to bring up the bill in the Senate.