(SPRINGFIELD, Illinois), August 8, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director William J. Graff announced that Alexander, Pulaski and Union Counties are authorized for emergency haying and grazing use of eligible Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres outside of the Primary Nesting Season. Emergency haying is permitted August 2, 2019 through August 31, 2019 and emergency grazing is permitted August 2, 2019 through September 30, 2019.

USDA Allows Emergency Haying and Grazing on Eligible Conservation Reserve Program Acres in Alexander-Pulaski and Union Counties

Contact: Alexander-Pulaski County FSA Office at (618)747-2305 or Union County FSA Office
at: (618)833-5666

USDA Allows Emergency Haying and Grazing on Eligible Conservation Reserve Program Acres in Alexander-Pulaski and Union Counties

(SPRINGFIELD, Illinois), August 8, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director William J. Graff announced that Alexander, Pulaski and Union Counties are authorized for emergency haying and grazing use of eligible Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres outside of the Primary Nesting Season. Emergency haying is permitted August 2, 2019 through August 31, 2019 and emergency grazing is permitted August 2, 2019 through September 30, 2019.

"Producers who are interested in emergency haying or grazing of eligible CRP acres must request FSA county office approval before starting any haying and grazing activities,” said Graff. “The request must include a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service with haying and grazing provisions.”

Haying is restricted to no more than 50% of the eligible CRP contract acreage and Grazing use shall leave 25 percent of each field or contiguous fields ungrazed or graze 100 percent of a field but at not more than 75 percent stocking rate.

Producers can use the eligible CRP acreage under the emergency grazing provisions for their own livestock or may grant another livestock producer use of the eligible CRP acreage. The CRP acreage is limited to acres located within the approved county. There will be no CRP annual rental payment reduction for 2019 emergency haying and grazing authorizations.

Under the emergency haying and grazing provisions, eligible CRP acreage cannot be hayed and/or grazed at the same time. For example, if half the field or contiguous field is hayed, the remaining half cannot be grazed; but 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. All hay bales must be removed by August 31, 2019 and all livestock must be removed from the CRP acreage by September 30, 2019.

For more information or to request approval for emergency haying or grazing use of CRP acres, contact the Alexander-Pulaski County FSA at (618)747-2305 and the Union County Office at (618)833-5666 or visit https://www.farmers.gov.

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