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Published June 05, 2013, 02:15 PM

Sen. Franken presses Vilsack to help alleviate feed shortage in Minn.

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, asking him to take immediate action to help alleviate the serious feed and forage shortage facing livestock producers in southern Minnesota. Some producers are less than a week away from running out of feed.

By: Office of Sen. Al Franken,

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, asking him to take immediate action to help alleviate the serious feed and forage shortage facing livestock producers in southern Minnesota. Some producers are less than a week away from running out of feed.

In the June 5 letter, Franken requested that Vilsack waive the current prohibition on planting forage and hay crops on prevented-planting acres. Farmers would then be allowed to help replenish the dwindling supply of feed and forage by planting emergency crops on these barren acres now and harvesting it before Nov. 1.

“I have been working with farmers, farm organizations, and officials from your agency to find a solution that could address this serious problem,” Franken wrote. “The solution we have identified requires your agency to waive the requirement that prevented planting acres not be harvested until Nov. 1. Waiving this requirement will allow affected producers to harvest cover crops earlier and utilize them to help alleviate feed and forage shortages.”

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