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Feds allowing haying, grazing of conservation land

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota farmers and ranchers soon will be able to cut hay and graze cattle on land that's been set aside for conservation.

North Dakota federal farm Service Agency director Aaron Krauter says emergency haying and grazing has been approved on all Conservation Reserve Program land.

Hay cutting can't start until after Aug. 31. Grazing won't be allowed until after Sept. 30. Krauter says both haying and grazing won't be allowed on the same land.

The Conservation Reserve Program pays farmers to set aside environmentally sensitive land and plant grass on it as a way to cut down soil erosion.

Krauter says there are about 1.6 million acres of CRP land available in North Dakota for haying or grazing.