USDA EXTENDS CRP GRAZING DEADLINE
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today extended the window for emergency livestock grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for Alabama farmers and ranchers until Nov. 30 -- a full two months past the traditional emergency CRP deadline.
The action was part of a larger effort to aid farmers and ranchers in 30 states impacted by this summer's drought.
"Extremely dry weather conditions have created real hardships for farmers and ranchers in many parts of the country this year," said Johanns. "This emergency relief measure will provide feed and forage to producers who have lost hay stocks and grazing lands because of drought."
The 30 eligible states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The deadline varies for different states, with some states facing an Oct. 20 deadline, others a Nov. 10 or Nov. 30 deadline.
In mid-July, USDA announced the expansion of eligible CRP acreage for emergency grazing and haying in Alabama, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming. The expanded area radiates 150 miles out from any county approved for emergency haying and grazing in any above-mentioned state.
USDA has other programs available to assist farmers and ranchers, including the emergency conservation program, emergency loans and federal crop insurance. For more information about USDA disaster assistance, visit your local USDA Service Center or online at: http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.