Posted 2 years ago

By Post Staff

FSA logo - 1(Lincoln)-   The Farm Service Agency has approved emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acres in 49 Nebraska counties, effective on Tuesday.

The counties approved for emergency haying and grazing include all 11 Panhandle counties as well as Cherry, Keith, and Custer.

FSA Nebraska Director, Dan Steinkruger says the Tuesday start of authorization coincides with the end of the primary nesting and brood rearing season in Nebraska.

Emergency haying and grazing of CRP acres is intended to provide assistance to livestock producers who are suffering forage losses due to severe drought.

“Drought has been ongoing in Nebraska counties for more than a year and forage losses have impacted livestock producers to the extent of drastic herd reductions,” said Steinkruger. “In 2012 the USDA opened CRP acres for emergency haying and grazing and Nebraska farmers and ranchers utilized over 300,000 acres under the program to provide forage to livestock,” he said.

Eligible producers who are interested in emergency haying or grazing of CRP must request approval before haying or grazing eligible acreage. Producers also must obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service that outlines permitted practices.

Many of the limitations and requirements of CRP emergency haying and grazing were waived last year, but this year there will be a 25% reduction in the annual rental payments, and no haying or grazing will be allowed on practice CP25 (Rare and Declining Habitat).

Steinkruger says “FSA is continuing to utilize our available program options to assist Nebraska farmers and ranchers whose livestock are impacted by the drought,” and he encourages producers  to contact their local FSA office for more information on CRP emergency haying and grazing.