Nebraska Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director, Karen Sims, today announced that Valley, Garfield, Loup, and Wheeler counties are authorized for emergency haying or grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for 2012.
The CRP authorization for 2012 is effective immediately. Haying ends on August 31 and grazing ends on September 30, 2012.
”Eligible producers who are interested in emergency haying or grazing of CRP must request written approval from the Farm Service Agency before grazing eligible acreage,” said CED, Sims. “Producers must also obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that outlines permitted grazing practices,” he said. There will be a 10 percent annual payment reduction for CRP acres used for haying or grazing under these emergency provisions.
To take advantage of the emergency haying or grazing provisions, authorized producers can use the CRP acreage for their own livestock or may grant another livestock producer use of the CRP acreage. Participants cannot rent or lease the haying or grazing privilege for an amount greater than the 10% payment reduction, nor can they sell the hay harvested. Leasing livestock producers must sign a statement that they will not sublease.
Additional information is available at www.fsa.usda.gov.