With certain regions of the country still facing severe drought conditions – USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan Garcia has announced temporary assistance for livestock producers through the Conservation Reserve Program. Under limited conditions – those farmers and ranchers affected by drought will be able to use certain additional CRP acres for haying or grazing under emergency conditions while maintaining safeguards to the conservation and wildlife benefits provided by CRP.
USDA has also announced that the reduction to CRP annual rental payments related to emergency haying or grazing will be reduced from 25% to 10% and the sale of hay will be allowed under certain conditions. Garcia says state FSA offices are authorized to expand opportunities for haying and grazing on certain additional lands enrolled in CRP. He says this local approach provides the appropriate flexibility and ability to tailor safeguards specific to regional conditions.