Caldwell County farmers may now apply for the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program. Click to hear KMZU’S Sarah Scott speak with Farm Service Agency Executive Director Debbie Clevenger:

Debbie Clevenger

Press Release from the United States Department of Agriculture

(Kingston, MO) – August 29, 2013 – In response to recent extreme temperatures and drought that has impacted forage acres, Debbie Clevenger, Caldwell County executive director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres is now authorized in Caldwell County, Mo.

Emergency haying in approved counties is allowed through Aug. 31, 2013. Participants must leave at least50 percent of each field or contiguous fields unhayed for wildlife. Hay must be removed from the field by September 15th.

Emergency grazing in approved counties is allowed through Sept. 30, 2013. Participants shall leave at least 25 percent of each field or contiguous CRP field ungrazed, or graze not more than 75 percent of the stocking rate. All livestock must be removed by the end of the grazing period.

Clevenger said emergency haying and grazing is not allowed on the same acreage and only certain CRP practices are eligible. The payment reduction for emergency haying and grazing has been reduced from 25 percent of the rental payment per acre to 10 percent for 2013.

Eligible producers who are interested in haying or grazing CRP under the emergency authorization, and current CRP participants who choose to provide land for haying or grazing to an eligible livestock producer, must first request approval and obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

For more information on and eligibility requirements for CRP emergency haying and grazing, contact the Caldwell county FSA at 816. 586.2711 or visit