15 counties in Illinois released for haying or grazing of CRP
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[July 16, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- USDA Farm Service Agency
State Executive Director Scherrie V. Giamanco has announced that in
response to drought conditions, FSA has authorized emergency haying
or grazing use of certain Conservation Reserve Program acres for 15
The following counties are approved for emergency CRP haying and
grazing: Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson,
Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Williamson and White. The
haying authorization will become effective Aug. 2, which is after
the wildlife nesting and brood rearing season in Illinois, and will
not exceed Aug. 31. The authorization to graze also will begin on
Aug. 2 and is not to exceed Sept. 30.
Wayne and Edwards counties
have been approved for CRP grazing only. This, too, is authorized to
begin on Aug. 2 and not exceed Sept. 30.
"Eligible producers who are interested in emergency haying and/or
grazing of CRP must request approval at their county FSA office
before haying and/or grazing eligible acreage," said Giamanco. "It
is also important for producers to obtain a modified conservation
plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service that includes
haying and/or grazing requirements."
Upon approval of emergency haying, producers must leave at least
50 percent of each field or contiguous fields unhayed for wildlife.
The same CRP acreage cannot be both hayed and grazed.
In addition, participants are limited to one hay cutting and are
not permitted to sell any of the hay. There will be a 25 percent CRP
payment reduction based on the number of acres actually hayed or
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Eligible producers who are interested in grazing must leave at
least 25 percent of each field or contiguous CRP field ungrazed for
wildlife, or graze not more than 75 percent of the stocking rate as
determined by NRCS.
Producers who do not own or lease livestock may rent or lease the
haying or grazing privilege to an eligible livestock producer.
For more information on eligibility requirements and to request
approval for emergency haying or grazing of CRP acres, contact your
local county FSA office. (For contact information for the Logan
County Farm Service Agency, click here.)
[Text from file received from
Illinois Farm Service Agency]