For Immediate Release
August 2, 2012
Contact: Scherrie V. Giamanco, FSA State Executive Director
Donald King, Chief Program Specialist
SPRINGFIELD,IL August 2, 2012 - In response to the expanding drought, Scherrie V. Giamanco, State Executive Director for the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Illinois, announced the addition of 8 CRP practices that livestock producers and other participants in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will now be able to emergency hay and graze. "Many of these additional acres have wetland-related characteristics and are likely to contain better quality hay and forage than on other CRP acres," said Giamanco. The list of eligible practices has been expanded to include:
CP8A, Grass Waterway-Noneasement
CP23, Wetland Restoration
CP25, Rare & Declining Habitat
CP27, Farmable Wetlands Pilot Wetland
CP28, Farmable Wetlands Pilot Buffer
CP37, Duck Nesting Habitat
CP41, FWP Flooded Prairie Wetlands
The payment reduction for emergency haying and grazing has been reduced from 25 percent of the rental payment per acre to 10 percent for the 2012 year.
Emergency haying is available now through Aug. 31, 2012. Participants must leave at least 50 percent of each field or contiguous CRP field unhayed for wildlife. Hay that is baled may be given away or sold. All hay must be removed from the field by August 31st.
Emergency grazing is allowed now through Sept. 30, 2012. Participants shall leave at least 25 percent of each field or contiguous CRP field ungrazed, or graze not more than 75 percent of the stocking rate. All livestock must be removed by September 30, 2012.
Eligible producers who are interested 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 approval from their local FSA office and obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Haying and grazing may only occur under strict compliance rules to help minimize impacts on these sensitive specialty practices. USDA will conduct follow-up monitoring and evaluation of these opened CRP areas to study the effects of the drought and USDA's emergency haying and grazing actions.
For more information on FSA's emergency haying and grazing of CRP acreage or other drought assistance, contact your local FSA office or visit FSA on-line at www.fsa.usda.gov
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