The Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage has been approved for Ellis, Graham, Lane, Trego, Osborne, Rooks and Wallace counties in Kansas.
Emergency grazing is allowed through September 30, 2012. Participants shall leave at least 25% of each field or contiguous CRP fields ungrazed for wildlife, or graze not more than 75% of the stocking rate. All livestock must be removed by the end of this grazing period. CRP participants in approved counties shall contact the local FSA county office to request emergency grazing on an individual contract basis prior to grazing.
Participants will work with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to develop a forage management plan. If the CRP cover is destroyed, the practice must be re-established at their own expense to remain in compliance with the CRP contract.
Juli says: Other drought-impacted states are expected to make CRP announcements in the near-term to alleviate livestock operations.