Pro Farmer Editors
USDA has now decided to release Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for haying in counties designated as disaster areas because of the flooding, according to Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa).
Boswell, along with the entire Iowa Delegation wrote to USDA Secretary Ed Schafer urging the Department to allow producers in the affected areas to hay on the CRP land.
"Since I've been back in Iowa, I've seen and heard first hand what producers need," said Boswell. "As we said in our letter to the Secretary yesterday, while we appreciate his efforts to address the critical need for feed in areas affected by this year's floods, many producers cannot take advantage of this. The real need is to allow producers to hay this land. We're grateful that the Secretary has authorized this to go forward."
According to USDA, to be approved, CRP participants must write their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office, obtain a modified conservation plan and receive county office approval before beginning to hay.
The states with counties that will permit emergency haying include Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.