(SPRINGFIELD, IL), August 22, 2018 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director William Graff today announced that the CP8A practice is now authorized for emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for fiscal year 2018 in Adams and Hancock Counties. FSA's fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.

USDA Authorizes CP8A Practice for Emergency Haying and Grazing of Conservation Reserve Program Acres in Adams and Hancock Counties

(SPRINGFIELD, IL), August 22, 2018 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director William Graff today announced that the CP8A practice is now authorized for emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for fiscal year 2018 in Adams and Hancock Counties. FSA's fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.

The emergency grazing period for the CP8A practice in these counties will begin on August 22, 2018 and end September 30, 2018. The emergency haying authorization for the CP8A practice in these counties will begin on August 22, 2018 and end on August 31, 2018.

"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 Graff. "Current provisions allow grazing on 75 percent of a field, at no more than 75 percent of the stocking rate," he said. “Haying provisions require producers leave at least 50 percent of each field unhayed.”

Eligible practices for emergency haying and grazing in Adams and Hancock Counties are CP1, CP2, CP4D, CP8A, CP10, and CP38E. 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 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 or grazing use of CRP acres, contact the Adams County FSA office at (217) 224-9307 and Hancock County FSA office at (217) 357-2188.

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