Emergency Grazing of CRP Approved for 34 Missouri Counties

July 2018

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Emergency Grazing of CRP Approved for 34 Missouri Counties

Due to a prolonged drought in portions of Missouri, emergency grazing of CRP during the primary nesting season has been authorized for the following counties:  Adair, Andrew, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Jackson, Knox, Lafayette, Lewis, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Marion, Mercer, Nodaway, Platte, Putnam, Ray, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, Sullivan, and Worth.  This special release during the primary nesting season does not include haying.

Further details concerning this release are as follows:

  • Producer must request and receive approval in writing before grazing may begin.
  • CRP participants who do not own livestock may rent/lease the graze privilege to eligible livestock producers. CRP participants must identify who the renter/lessor is.
  • Eligible livestock producers who rent/lease CRP acreage to graze must certify they are an eligible livestock producer and they will not sublease the CRP acreage to a third party.
  • Under the 2014 Farm Bill, there is no fee assessed for emergency grazing.
  • Eligible land must be physically located in an approved county. 
  • Only CRP practices CP1, CP2, and CP10, are eligible.
  • Grazing cannot occur within 120 feet of a stream or other permanent water body.
  • Grazing dates will be July 3rd through July 15th, unless the county is subsequently approved beyond that date. 
  • If the county is subsequently approved beyond July 15th, livestock must be removed by September 30th, 2018
  • Grazing is limited to 75% of each field or the stocking rate must not exceed more than 75% of the normal grazing rate.  Minimum stubble heights must be maintained.
  • If the established CRP cover fails due to grazing, it must be re-established to the approved original mix at the expense of the CRP participant.

For questions concerning this emergency release of CRP for grazing, please contact your local FSA office. As a reminder, all FSA offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in observance of Independence Day.

Please contact your local FSA Office.