Jarrell Foreman, Executive Director of Ray/Clay County USDA Farm Service Agency announced that both Ray and Clay counties have been approved for an emergency Grazing of CRP acres. The grazing is only allowed to continue through September 30th. Both counties qualified for the emergency grazing because they have now been described as being in a D2 Drought Designation as shown by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Current Policy allows for Emergency Haying of CRP Acres as well, however, the deadline for Emergency Haying has passed.  Therefore, Emergency Grazing is all that is eligible.

Eligible producers who are interested in grazing CRP under the emergency authorization, and current CRP participants who choose to provide land for grazing to an eligible livestock producer, must first request approval and obtain a modified conservation plan form the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Participants shall leave at least 25% of each field or contiguous CRP field ungrazed or graze not more than 75% of the stocking rate.  All livestock must be removed by the end of the grazing period.   The payment reduction for emergency grazing has been reduced from 25% of the annual rental payment per acre to 10% for 2013.

For more information and eligibility requirements for CRP Emergency Grazing, contact the Ray/Clay County Farm Service Agency at 816-776-5861 or visitwww.fsa.usda.gov/mo.