Due to extreme drought conditions, resulting in at least a 40 percent loss in forage production, Joel Foster, director of the Grant County FSA, says, “Grant County has been approved for emergency haying and grazing.”
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) provides for emergency haying and grazing on certain CRP practices in a county designated as D2 or higher on the U.S Drought Monitor or in a county where there is at least 40 percent loss in forage production.”
Emergency haying and grazing of CRP acres is available in eligible counties if the stand is in condition to support such activity and is subject to a modified conservation plan. There are also options available under the non-emergency haying and grazing provisions. Haying and grazing of CRP acres cannot begin until August 2 after the end of primary nesting season, and acres must be authorized by the local USDA Service Center before producers initiate haying or grazing CRP acres.
Questions? Need to make an appointment? Contact the Grant County FSA office at 605.432.6570, ext. 2.