USDA will allow acres under CRP to be used for haying or grazing under emergency conditions. This will allow lands that are not yet classified as "under severe drought," but that are "abnormally dry" to be used for haying and grazing. This will increase available forage for livestock.
- Under emergency haying, at least 50 percent of each field or contiguous fields must be left unhayed for wildlife. Under emergency grazing at least 25 percent of each field or contiguous CRP fields must be left ungrazed for wildlife, or graze not more than 75 percent of the stocking rate as determined by NRCS.
- Under emergency haying and grazing, CRP participants will be assessed a payment reduction based on the number of acres actually hayed or grazed times the CRP annual rental payment times 10 percent.
- Participants may sell hay harvested under emergency provisions. CRP participants who do not own or lease livestock may rent or lease the haying or grazing privilege to an eligible livestock producer.
CRP is a voluntary program that provides producers annual rental payments on their land in exchange for planting resource conserving crops on cropland to help prevent erosion, provide wildlife habitat and improve the environment.
Producers must notify their local FSA office and file a request and receive approval before starting this emergency haying and grazing activity.
Published: August 5, 2012