CRP ground in Jefferson County available for emergency graze
Jefferson County USDA Farm Service Agency County Executive Director Gretchen McLain announced that in response to drought conditions, FSA has authorized emergency grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program acres for Jefferson County.
The effective date for this authorization is Aug. 2.
“Eligible producers who are interested in emergency grazing of CRP must request approval before grazing eligible acreage,” said McLain. “It is also important for producers to obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service that includes grazing requirements,” she said.
This grazing authorization became effective Thursday. All livestock must be removed by Sept. 30.
CRP payments will be reduced 10 percent depending on the number of acres actually grazed. 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 for the purpose of grazing.
For more information and to request approval for emergency grazing of CRP acres contact the Jefferson County FSA office at 472-2558.