USDA Authorizes Emergency Haying and Grazing of Conservation Reserve Program Acres for Caldwell County
(Kingston, MO), July 16, 2018 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Debbie Clevenger today announced that Caldwell County is authorized for emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for fiscal year 2018. FSA's fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.
The emergency grazing period will end September 30, 2018. The emergency haying authorization ends August 31, 2018. Not all CRP practices are eligible for the emergency release.
"Eligible producers who are interested in emergency haying and grazing of CRP must request approval before haying and grazing eligible acreage and must obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service that includes haying and grazing provisions," said Clevenger. "Current provisions allow grazing on 100 percent of a field, up to the 75 percent stocking rate," she said.
There will be no CRP annual rental payment reduction for 2018 emergency haying and grazing authorizations.
To take advantage of the emergency grazing provisions, authorized producers can use the CRP acreage for their own livestock or may grant another livestock producer use of the CRP acreage. The eligible CRP acreage is limited to acres located within the approved county.
In counties that are authorized for emergency haying and grazing, producers are reminded that the same CRP acreage cannot be both hayed and/or grazed during the same release period. For example, if 50 percent of a field or contiguous field is hayed, the remaining unhayed 50 percent cannot be grazed; it must remain unhayed and ungrazed for wildlife. In addition, participants are limited to one hay cutting and are not permitted to sell any of the hay.
For more information and to request approval for emergency haying or grazing use of CRP acres, contact the Caldwell County FSA office at 816-586-2711, ext 2.
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