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USDA Authorizes Emergency Haying and Grazing
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USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director (SED) Christine White announced that in response to drought conditions, FSA has authorized emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for all Michigan counties.


Source: United States Department of Agriculture

Contact: Dale Allen at 517-324-5105 or dale.allen@mi.usda.gov

USDA Authorizes Emergency Haying and Grazing of CRP Acres for All Michigan Counties


USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director (SED) Christine White announced that in response to drought conditions, FSA has authorized emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for all Michigan counties.

The Emergency haying and grazing authorization will become effective August 1, 2012. Emergency haying ends August 31, 2012 and all hay must be removed no later than September 15, 2012. Emergency grazing ends on September 30, 2012.

"Eligible producers who are interested in emergency haying of CRP must request approval before haying eligible acreage," said White. "It is also important for producers to obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that includes haying and/or grazing requirements," she said.

Upon approval of emergency haying and/or grazing, producers must leave at least 50 percent of each field or contiguous field unhayed. For those counties that are eligible for emergency haying and grazing, the same CRP acreage cannot be hayed and grazed at the same time.

New guidelines were recently announced for emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land. Annual rental payments for farmers enrolled in the CRP, who use those lands for emergency grazing and hay production, will be reduced by 10 percent instead of 25 percent. Also, because of the current severe drought, all counties with a drought level of D0 or higher, as measured by the US Drought Monitor, are approved for emergency haying and grazing outside of the primary nesting season (PNS). Michigan’s CRP primary nesting season runs from May 1st through July 31st.

For more information and to request approval for emergency haying of CRP acres, please contact your local Farm Service Agency.