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Grazing Extended

EMERGENCY GRAZING OF CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM (CRP) ACREAGE HAS BEEN AUTHORIZED TO EXTEND TO NOVEMBER 30 FROM THE ORIGINAL SEPTEMBER 30TH FINAL DATE.  ON AUGUST 29TH, USDA SECRETARY TOM VILSACK ANNOUNCED THAT ”[ IN ORDER] TO ASSIST PRODUCERS, USDA IS PERMITTING FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN DROUGHT STRICKEN STATES THAT HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR EMERGENCY GRAZING TO EXTEND GRAZING ON CRP LAND THROUGH NOVEMBER 30, 2012, WITHOUT INCURRING AN ADDITIONAL CRP RENTAL PAYMENT REDUCTION.”  THE EMERGENCY GRAZING EXTENSION APPLIES TO ELIGIBLE PRACTICES EXCEPT FOR CONTINUOUS PRACTICES.  PARTICIPANTS SHALL LEAVE AT LEAST 25 PERCENT OF EACH FIELD OR CONTIGUOUS CRP FIELDS UNGRAZED FOR WILDLIFE, OR GRAZE NOT MORE THAN 75 PERCENT OF THE STOCKING RATE AS SET BY THE NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SERVICE.  ALL LIVESTOCK MUST BE REMOVED BY THE END OF THIS GRAZING PERIOD.  PRODUCERS WITHOUT LIVESTOCK MAY RENT OR LEASE THE GRAZING PRIVILEGES.  THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCED ON JULY 11, THE PAYMENT REDUCTION COST FOR EMERGENCY HAYING AND GRAZING WAS REDUCED FROM 25 PERCENT OF THE RENTAL PAYMENT PER ACRE TO 10 PERCENT FOR THE 2012 YEAR.  CRP PARTICIPANTS SHALL CONTACT THEIR LOCAL FSA COUNTY OFFICE, IF THEY HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, TO REQUEST EMERGENCY GRAZING ON AN INDIVIDUAL CONTRACT BASIS PRIOR TO GRAZING.  PARTICIPANTS SHALL WORK WITH THE NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE TO DEVELOP A FORAGE MANAGEMENT PLAN.  PARTICIPANTS ACCEPT A 10 PERCENT REDUCTION IN THE ANNUAL RENTAL PAYMENT FOR THE ACRES ACTUALLY HAYED OR GRAZED IN 2012.