CRP Emergency Grazing Approved For 11 Additional Kansas Counties
Manhattan, Kansas, July 6, 2012---Adrian J. Polansky, State Executive Director of
the Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced today that emergency grazing of
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage has been approved for Hamilton,
Kearny, Morton, Norton, Phillips, Russell, Sheridan, Smith, Stanton, Thomas, and
Wichita Counties in Kansas.
"This authorization provides relief for many Kansas livestock producers who have
suffered through severe drought conditions," said Polansky. "The drought has depleted
hay supplies and affected the growth of hay and pasture in parts of Kansas. Many
livestock producers cannot maintain their current herds without implementation of CRP
Counties previously approved for CRP emergency grazing include: Ellis, Graham,
Lane, Osborne, Rooks, Trego, and Wallace Counties.
Emergency grazing is allowed through September 30, 2012. Participants shall leave
at least 25 percent of each field or contiguous CRP fields ungrazed for wildlife, or
graze not more than 75 percent 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
the contract participant's own expense to remain in compliance with the CRP contract.
Participants must also accept a 25 percent reduction in the annual rental payment
for the acres actually grazed.
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