The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has authorized emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for Jefferson County. This emergency haying and grazing authorization became effective July 27, 2017 and ends Aug. 31, 2017 for haying and Sept. 30, 2017 for grazing.
The eligible CRP acreage is limited to acres located within Jefferson County. Eligible producers who are interest in haying or grazing CRP under the emergency authorization and current CRP participants who choose to provide land for haying or grazing to an eligible livestock producer, must first request FSA approval to hay or graze eligible acreage and obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to include haying or grazing requirements.
Producers are reminded that for emergency haying and grazing, the same CRP acreage cannot be hayed and/or grazed at the same time. 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 and grazing of CRP acres, contact the Jefferson County FSA office at 402-729-6134.
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