The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), acting in response to a directive from President Donald Trump, has authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in Oklahoma as a result of wildfires that devastated parts of northwest Oklahoma.
The USDA action is required to direct the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to permit the grazing on lands covered by the CRP, which exists to conserve and improve wildlife resources. The authorization is pursuant to appropriate restrictions and conservation measures.
Damages are expected to grow, but the USDA estimates that in Beaver, Ellis, Harper, Roger Mills, Woodward and Woods counties in Oklahoma:
- 389,533 acres burned.
- 3,000 head of cattle died.
- Structure losses were $2 million.
- Destroyed fencing exceeds $22 million.