Because of the continuation of drought in Montana, South Dakota, and North Dakota, USDA is extending emergency grazing of certain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage. Any county within 150 miles of a Montana, South Dakota, or North Dakota, county approved for emergency grazing of CRP acreage, as indicated by the US Drought Monitor and CRP program provisions, is now eligible for emergency grazing. This recent announcement includes CRP acreage within Kittson County, Minnesota.
CRP is a voluntary program administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) available to agricultural producers to help them safeguard environmentally sensitive land and, when needed, provide emergency relief to livestock producers suffering the impacts of certain natural disasters.
Emergency grazing is authorized to begin following Farm Service Agency (FSA) approval of an emergency grazing application. Producers will be required to initiate an application with FSA and work with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to develop a modified conservation plan that is site specific which will include allowed stocking rates in order to avoid adverse impact on established CRP cover.
Grazing is allowed through Sept. 30, unless conditions improve. CRP emergency grazing is limited to the following practices CP-1, CP-2, CP-4D, CP-10, and CP-18C.
Eligible CRP participants can use the acreage for grazing their own livestock or may grant another livestock producer use of the CRP acreage. There will be no CRP annual rental payment reductions assessed for acres grazed.
For more information regarding emergency grazing provisions and FSA programs, contact the Kittson County FSA office at 218-843-2692 or visit the USDA website at http://www.usda.gov.