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USDA authorizes emergency grazing of CRP acres for Live Oak County
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GEORGE WEST – In response to drought conditions, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) authorized emergency grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for Live Oak County. This authorization brings the total to 87 counties approved to graze CRP acres.

In accordance with the CRP policy changes, emergency grazing authorization for Live Oak County ends on October 31, 2011.

“Eligible producers who are interested in emergency grazing of CRP must request approval before grazing eligible acreage,” said Darren Pruski, Live Oak County executive director. “Producers must also obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service that includes grazing requirements,” he said.

To take advantage of the emergency grazing provisions, authorized producers can use the CRP acreage for their own livestock or may grant another livestock producer use of the CRP acreage.

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 to graze eligible acreage; obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to include grazing requirements, leave at least 25 percent of each field or contiguous CRP field ungrazed for wildlife, or graze not more than 75 percent of the stocking rate as determined by NRCS.

For more information contact the Live Oak County FSA office at (361) 449-2241, ex. 2.
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