Source: USDA Farm Service Agency
USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Judith A. Canales announced June 27 that Childress County has been authorized for emergency grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for fiscal year (FY) 2014, which runs Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014.
The 90-day emergency grazing period for Childress County will end Sept. 24, 2014.
Based on a policy decision made by the Texas FSA State Committee, CRP acres grazed during fiscal year 2012 or 2013 will be considered eligible for emergency grazing if the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) verifies, on a case-by-case basis, that the conservation cover will sustain grazing.
“Eligible producers who are interested in emergency grazing of CRP must request approval before grazing eligible acreage and must obtain a modified conservation plan from the NRCS that includes grazing provisions,” said Canales. “Current provisions allow grazing on 100 percent of a field, up to the 75 percent stocking rate.”
There will be no CRP annual rental payment reduction for 2014 emergency grazing authorizations.
To take advantage of the emergency grazing provisions, authorized producers can use the CRP acreage for their own livestock or may grant another livestock producer use of the CRP acreage. The eligible CRP acreage is limited to acres located within the approved county.
Additionally, landowners with CRP land located within the Lesser Prairie Chicken Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT) zones I, II and III will only be authorized to practice managed or routine grazing, managed harvesting, emergency haying or emergency grazing one out of every three years. This frequency regulation resets in 2014, meaning that any land hayed or grazed in prior years that meets the available forage requirement according to NRCS standards will be eligible for emergency use in 2014.
For more information and to request approval for emergency grazing use of CRP acres contact your local FSA Office.