CRP Acreage Released for Emergency Use

“A large amount of Nebraska’s land enrolled in the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in Nebraska is now available for haying and grazing,” announced Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Director Dan Steinkruger.
Secretary Vilsack announced last week that counties (including Antelope, Boone and Wheeler Counties) designated as D2 on the Drought Monitor could be released by the FSA State Committee after the ending nesting date of July 15 in Nebraska.  Secretary Vilsack also announced a reduction in the emergency haying and grazing payment reduction from 25% to 10% to assist in drought response.
CRP participants need to file a request to graze or hay at their local office.  CRP use includes specific rules for haying and/or a grazing plan to insure consistent uses of the land.
An additional approval was granted this year for practice CP-25, Rare and Declining Habitat, to allow grazing for the first time.
Steinkruger added, “This approval will provide additional forage during this drought to assist livestock producers.”