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Lincoln County authorized for emergency haying and grazing use of CRP acres

Lincoln County authorized for emergency haying and grazing use of CRP acres.
Lincoln County authorized for emergency haying and grazing use of CRP acres.(KFYR)
Published: Sep. 12, 2020 at 11:58 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -USDA will allow emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program Acres in Lincoln County due to drought conditions. Producers must first request Farm Service Agency approval from their county office before beginning any haying or grazing activities.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Lincoln-Logan-McPherson County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Bruce Solko today announced Lincoln County is authorized for emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres due to drought.

Haying is restricted to only one cutting and no more than 50 percent of each field or contiguous CRP fields (of the same contract). Haying activities (including the removal of the bales) must be completed by September 15.

Producers who are using the grazing option 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. Grazing is allowed for up to 90 days. However, cattle must be removed by September 15 and may be placed back on the acreage after October 15 for the remainder of the 90 day period.

Producers can use the CRP acreage under the emergency grazing provisions 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. There will be no CRP annual rental payment reduction for emergency haying and grazing authorizations.

Under the emergency haying and grazing provisions, 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.

For more information or to request approval for emergency haying or grazing use of CRP acres, contact the Lincoln-Logan-McPherson County FSA office at (309) 534-2360 or visit farmers.gov.

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