USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has announced an extension for the emergency grazing deadline on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres to November 30, 2012, on limited practices for producers in counties eligible for emergency grazing.
The following practices are NOT eligible for the November 30, deadline extension:
• Grass Waterway-Non-easement (CP8A)
• Wetland Restoration (CP23)
• Wetland Restoration, Non-Floodplain (CP23A)
Producers interested in emergency grazing must remove cattle no later than November 30, 2012 or when grass height limitations in conservation plan have been reached, whichever occurs first.
Emergency haying on CRP acres has not been extended and was required to be completed by August 31, 2012. Producers are reminded that they must report final acreage hayed immediately.
CRP participants who participated in the emergency grazing must report the number of acres actually grazed and the number of livestock grazed by November 30, 2012, and reports are subject to spot check by USDA.
For more information about the deadline dates and required information for emergency grazing and haying of CRP acres contact Marathon County Farm Service Agency at 715-848-2330.