Indiana Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Julia A. Wickard has announced that emergency grazing provisions have been extended for certain practices under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for all Indiana counties until Nov. 30, 2012.
Extensions are not authorized for the following practices: CP8A, Grass Waterway-Noneasement; 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.
Emergency haying is not extended. All haying under emergency provisions was completed by Aug. 31; while grazing must end Nov. 30.
Authorized producers can use the CRP acreage for their own livestock or may grant another livestock producer use of the CRP acreage.
Producers must obtain a modified conservation plan at their local FSA Office.
There will be a 10 percent annual payment reduction for CRP acres used for grazing under these emergency provisions, which was reduced from 25 percent recently by Secretary Vilsack. The payment reduction is only for 2012 due to the drought conditions for grazing through Sept. 30.
For grazing after Sept. 30, an additional grazing request must be in place with a 25 percent reduction assessed from the 2013 CRP annual payment.
“Indiana farmers have experienced a touch-and-go growing season. Pastures were depleted due to the extreme heat and dry weather so this extension gives some additional time for ruminant animals to graze,” said Wickard.
Wickard reminds producers that they should check with their local FSA office for clear guidance on what CRP practices are eligible.
Additional information is available at www.fsa.usda.gov or you can visit the Indiana FSA Drought page at www.fsa.usda.gov/in for more Indiana drought-related information.