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WI DNR: Farmers can harvest hay on state lands

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Due to the recent flooding in Wisconsin, the Department of Natural Resources will allow farmers to harvest hay and graze cattle on some state lands.

The DNR says farmers can take free hay and let cattle roam on certain state properties in 32 counties where Gov. Scott Walker declared flooding-related states of emergency and federal officials have declared natural disaster areas due to excessive rain and snow.

A complete of list of the counties and properties is available on the DNR's website.

Cathy Stepp, DNR Secretary, says the agency made the move to help farmers deal with food shortages because of extreme weather conditions.  Farmers will have to sign an agreement specifying hay taken from the properties will be used to feed their livestock and not sold.

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