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ENVIRO-NEWS  July 2006

ENVIRO-NEWS July 2006

Subject:

USDA EXPANDS EMERGENCY CRP HAYING AND GRAZING TO HELP PRODUCERS AFFECTED BY DROUGHT

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USDA
Release No. 0250.06
Contact:
Ed Loyd (202) 720-4623 Stevin Westcott (202) 720-4178

USDA EXPANDS EMERGENCY CRP HAYING AND GRAZING TO HELP PRODUCERS AFFECTED
BY DROUGHT   
WASHINGTON, July 13, 2006 - Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Conner
today announced the expansion of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
acreage eligible for emergency haying and grazing for livestock
producers in counties approved for haying and grazing in the states of
Alabama, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma,
South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. Conner also announced that producers'
CRP rental payment will be reduced by only 10% instead of the standard
25% on CRP lands that are grazed in 2006. 
"Drought conditions have created serious hardships for many farmers and
ranchers in the Great Plains and other areas across the country," said
Conner. "Today, I'm pleased to announce that USDA is expanding the CRP
acreage open for emergency practices, such as haying and grazing, to
provide relief for producers at a time when it is very much needed." 
The expansion will allow livestock producers from eligible counties to
obtain needed hay or forage. The expanded area radiates 150 miles out
from any county approved for emergency haying and grazing in any
above-mentioned State. For convenience of CRP participants and the
public, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) will post a map of counties
approved for emergency haying and grazing with an approximate 150-mile
radius to its web site by clicking "Conservation" at www.fsa.usda.gov
<http://www.fsa.usda.gov/> . 
CRP is a voluntary program that offers annual rental payments and
cost-share assistance to establish long-term resource-conserving cover
on eligible land. This action will permit approved CRP participants to
cut hay or graze livestock on CRP acreage, providing supplemental forage
to producers whose pastures have been adversely affected by drought. 
To be approved for emergency haying or grazing, a county must be listed
as a level "D3 Drought - Extreme" or greater, or have suffered at least
a 40 percent loss of normal moisture and forage for the preceding
four-month qualifying period. State FSA committees are reminded they may
authorize emergency haying or grazing of CRP in counties currently
listed as level D3 drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. CRP
participants should submit applications with their local USDA Farm
Service Agency (FSA) offices upon approval. 
To participate: 
*	Livestock producers in counties approved for emergency haying or
grazing assistance may purchase hay or conduct emergency haying and
grazing of eligible CRP acreage from CRP participants (in the expanded
area) willing to provide hay or haying and grazing.
*	Livestock producers in counties approved for emergency haying or
grazing assistance must certify they are an eligible livestock producer
in an eligible county approved for emergency haying and grazing and that
they are requesting emergency haying and grazing of eligible CRP acreage
from another eligible CRP participant in the expanded area who is
willing to provide hay or grazing. 
*	The primary nesting and brood rearing season of the State where
the land to be hayed or grazed is located will be respected. For
example, a portion of Minnesota is within the 150-mile range of North
Dakota counties approved for emergency haying and grazing. Minnesota's
nesting season ends August 1. Livestock producers in North Dakota
counties approved for emergency haying and grazing and who wish to hay
or graze CRP acreage in Minnesota may begin August 2.
Only livestock operations located within approved counties are eligible
for emergency haying or grazing of CRP acreage. CRP participants who do
not own or lease livestock may rent or lease the grazing privilege to an
eligible livestock farmer located in an approved county. 
For all land enrolled in CRP that has been approved for emergency haying
and grazing, the Farm Service Agency will reduce the payment reduction
from 25 percent, which was announced earlier, to 10 percent. This
10-percent payment reduction will be assessed based on the number of
acres actually hayed or grazed times the CRP annual rental rate times 10
percent. CRP participants who prepaid the 25 percent payment reduction,
will have the difference refunded. 
In addition to making forage available on CRP land, USDA is operating a
range of programs to assist producers affected by drought or other
natural disasters. 
More information on emergency haying and grazing is available at local
FSA offices and online at: www.fsa.usda.gov <http://www.fsa.usda.gov/> ,
click on Conservation. 


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