Johnson, Craig Applaud USDA Action on the FEEDD Act
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), Ranking Member of the Livestock & Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee, and Representative Angie Craig (D-MN), applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to allow producers to hay, graze, or chop cover crop on prevent plant acres year-round while remaining eligible for their full crop insurance indemnity. Johnson and Craig introduced the bipartisan, bicameral FEEDD Act in 2019 and in February 2021, which would remove the penalty on producers who must hay and graze prior to November 1.
Even under adverse weather conditions, producers were prohibited from growing a cash commodity prior to November 1 on prevent plant acres, this announcement provides a permanent administrative fix. Since 2019, Johnson and Craig have urged USDA to adopt policies outlined in the FEEDD Act which gained national support.
“This has been a team effort since 2019, and I’m grateful USDA made our fix permanent,” said Johnson. “We can’t predict the weather, but we can provide more certainty to producers, and that’s what the FEEDD Act aims to do. This simple change will ease feed shortages in dry or wet months and improve soil health overall. As South Dakota continues to face a drought, this is the sort of flexibility farmers and ranchers need to get by.”
“I’m pleased that the Administration has taken administrative action in line with our bipartisan FEEDD Act to give farmers and ranchers the flexibility they need to make good use of cover crops on prevent plant ground,” said Representative Angie Craig. “In recent years, we have seen drought, flooding and other disasters put many Minnesotan farmers at risk of losing access to affordable forage – which has threatened their bottom lines during these tough times. This commonsense step will address issues caused by unpredictable growing seasons and will help build soil health. I applaud USDA for taking this commonsense step – and I thank my colleague Dusty Johnson for working so closely with me on this critical issue.”
In 2019 and 2020, the USDA made an administrative fix on the forage date following several requests from Johnson and Craig. Producers should contact their crop insurance agent or visit rma.usda.gov for more information.