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December 18, 2017
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Conservation land opening in Ohio
(2008-07-08)
(WOUB) - The federal government is opening conservation land in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and 13 other states to livestock grazing as part of a response to record flooding in the Midwest.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Ed Schaefer says Midwest flooding created a crisis situation that required "drastic
action."

The USDA's decision affects counties that have been declared Presidential Disaster Areas or counties that are nearby.

The land, which is a part of the Conservation Reserve Program, is typically left idle with strict limits on its use.
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