Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Extends Emergency Grazing to Assist Ranchers Impacted by DroughtPosted on Aug 29, 2012
To assist producers, USDA is permitting farmers and ranchers in drought stricken states that have been approved for emergency grazing to extend grazing on CRP land through Nov. 30, 2012, without incurring an additional CRP rental payment reduction. The period normally allowed for emergency grazing lasts through Sept. 30. The extension applies to general CRP practices (details below) and producers must submit a request to their Farm Service Agency county office indicating the acreage to be grazed. USDA's continuing efforts to add feed to the marketplace benefits all livestock producers, including dairy, during this drought. Expanded haying and grazing on CRP acres, along with usage of cover crops as outlined last week by the Secretary, has begun providing much needed feed to benefit all livestock, including dairy.
Kentucky approved counties are: Adair, Allen, Ballard, Barren, Bath, Boyle, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Casey, Christian, Clark, Crittenden, Daviess, Edmonson, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Fulton, Graves, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Hart, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Hopkins, Jackson, Larue, Lewis, Lincoln, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, McCracken, McLean, Marion, Marshall, Mason, Meade, Mercer, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Nelson, Ohio, Oldham, Russell, Shelby, Simpson, Taylor, Todd, Trigg, Trimble, Union, Warren, Washington, Wayne, and Webster.
The extension of emergency grazing on CRP acres does not apply to these practices: CP8A – Grass Waterway-Non-easement; CP23 – Wetland Restoration; CP23A – Wetland Restoration-Non-Floodplain; CP27 – Farmable Wetlands Pilot Wetland; CP28 – Farmable Wetlands Pilot Buffer; CP37 – Duck Nesting Habitat; and CP41 – FWP Flooded Prairie Wetlands.
Farmers and Ranchers should contact their local FSA county office for additional information.
Source: Press release courtesy of USDA