Marion County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director Angela K. Vos announced that in response to drought conditions, FSA has authorized emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for Marion County. Grazing has been released immediately.
"Eligible producers who are interested in emergency haying or grazing of CRP must request approval before haying eligible acreage," said Vos. "It is also important for producers to obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that includes haying requirements,"she said.
The grazing authorization is effective immediately for Marion County. Haying authorization became effective Aug. 2. Haying activities must be completed by Aug. 31. All livestock and hay must be removed by Sept. 30.
Upon approval of emergency haying, producers must leave at least 50 percent of each field or contiguous CRP field unhayed. The same CRP acreage cannot be both hayed and grazed. For example, if 50 percent of a field or contiguous field is hayed, the remaining unhayed 50 percent cannot be grazed; it must remain unhayed and ungrazed.
There will be a 10 percent CRP payment reduction depending on the number of acres actually hayed or grazed. To take advantage of the emergency haying or grazing provisions, authorized producers can use the CRP acreage for their own livestock or may grant another livestock producer use of the CRP acreage for the purpose of haying or grazing.
For more information and to request approval for emergency haying of CRP acres contact the Marion County FSA office at 641-842-3168.