Governor Carnahan is asking the federal agriculture department to let Missouri livestock farmers use Conservation Reserve Land for livestock grazing. Carnahan says most of the state has not had significant rainfall in almost a year, capped by the driest April in 106 years. Missouri has more than one-million acres in the program, which pays farmers not to use the land because it is susceptible to erosion and provides wildlife habitat. The Governor says use of that land now will save other pastures for summer grazing.
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