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Emergency Haying and Grazing of CRP Land Approved

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released more Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for emergency haying and grazing in 20 Southeastern Minnesota Counties.

In a news release, officials say excessive precipitation caused a severe shortage of forage. Haying must be done by August 31, 2013 and grazing must end by September 30, 2013. A ten percent payment reduction will apply to CRP acres that are hayed or grazed. 

The Deputy Administrator of Farm Programs (DAFP) approved a request from the Minnesota FSA State Committee to implement emergency haying and grazing of otherwise ineligible CRP conservation practices (CP).

The 20 Minnesota Counties approved for emergency haying and grazing of CRP include:

Blue Earth, Carver, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Jackson, Le Sueur, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Scott, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca and Winona.

· CP23 – Wetland Restoration, Floodplain

· CP23A – Wetland Restoration, Non-floodplain

· CP27 – Farmable Wetland

· CP28 - Farmable Wetland Buffer Emergency haying and grazing of CRP may only be conducted on specific eligible conservation practices, and other certain restrictions may apply.

  • To initiate emergency haying and grazing, producers must contact their local FSA office to apply.
  • Producers must sign a modified conservation plan to allow haying and grazing.
  • No more than 50 percent of a CRP field may be hayed, and haying must be completed by August 31, 2013.
  • No more than 75 percent of a field may be grazed, and the grazing must end by September 30, 2013.
  • CRP participants will be assessed a 10 percent payment reduction on the number of acres that are hayed or grazed.
  • Fields containing or near environmentally sensitive areas may have further restrictions placed on haying and grazing activities.
  • Haying or grazing cannot occur within 120 feet of a stream or other permanent water body, or on acres devoted to trees.

For more information, contact the Minnesota FSA State Office at 651-602-7712.