USDA announces changes to CRP haying/grazing frequencies

CRP participants now have the opportunity to hay or graze their CRP at more frequent intervals. The 2014 Farm Bill allowed Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committees to review the haying and/or grazing frequency of Conservation Reserve Program under managed or routine provisions.

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CRP participants now have the opportunity to hay or graze their CRP at more frequent intervals. The 2014 Farm Bill allowed Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committees to review the haying and/or grazing frequency of Conservation Reserve Program under managed or routine provisions.  The North Dakota State Technical Committee conducted a review of possible changes and the FSA State Committee adopted those recommendations.

• Managed Haying, once every three years – for CRP contracts currently restricted to managed haying only once every five years, the CRP participant may modify the Conservation Plan of Operations to allow for managed haying once every three years.  The participant must contact their local Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) office to complete the modification.

• Managed Grazing, once every three years – for CRP contracts currently restricted to managed grazing only once every five years, the CRP participant may modify the Conservation Plan of Operations to allow for managed grazing once every three years.  The participant must contact their local NRCS office to complete the modification.

•Routine Grazing – for CRP contract approved on or after July 28, 2010, the CRP participant may modify the Conservation Plan of Operations to allow routine grazing every other year.  The participant must contact their local NRCS office to complete the modification.

However, no CRP management can be conducted during the Primary Nesting Season, which is April 15 through August 1.  CRP participants must complete paperwork at their local FSA office prior to doing any managed haying/grazing or routine grazing and receive written approval prior to starting the operation.  Please contact your local FSA office to determine eligibility for these activities.







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