conservation reserve program (crp), habitat protection, usda
In 2003 the USDA began a policy allowing managed haying and grazing of land under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Harvest times are restricted under the managed program to protect wildlife habitat, and fall harvesting cannot occur until August 2 of each year in South Dakota. The USDA reduces the CRP payment by 25% on any acres harvested under the program.
Diersen, Matthew, "Economics of Grazing or Haying Conservation Reserve Program Land" (2006). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 164.