USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing of CRP Acres for 192 Counties

June 2013

5.10.13

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USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing of CRP Acres for 192 Counties

In Texas, 192 counties are authorized for emergency grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for fiscal year (FY) 2013.

The CRP emergency grazing authorization for fiscal year 2013 began on June 2, 2013 and remains in effect for a 90 day period. Click here to view a list of counties authorized for 2013 CRP emergency grazing.

Based on a decision made by the Texas FSA State Committee, CRP emergency grazing approval will only be available for those CRP lands that were not utilized for haying or grazing during fiscal year 2011, 2012 or in the fall or winter of fiscal year 2013. FSA's fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.

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 Natural Resources Conservation Service that includes grazing provisions.

Additionally, there will be a 25 percent CRP payment reduction for CRP acres used for grazing under these emergency provisions.

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.

If a producer chooses to lease eligible CRP acreage, the producer cannot profit on the lease agreement. The amount charged for lease of CRP emergency grazing acres cannot exceed the value of the 25 percent payment reduction.

For more information and to request approval for emergency grazing use of CRP acres please contact your local FSA Office.