FSA: 54 counties now eligible for haying and grazing CRP acres
Farmers can begin haying and grazing on August 2 in the mentioned counties.
Published: Jul 18, 2012
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Scherrie V. Giamanco announced that in response to drought conditions, FSA has authorized emergency haying and/or grazing use of certain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for 54 counties.
The following counties are approved for emergency CRP haying and grazing: Adams; Alexander, Bond; Brown; Calhoun; Cass; Christian; Cumberland; DeWitt; Edgar; Edwards; Fayette; Franklin; Gallatin; Greene; Hamilton; Hardin, Jackson, Jasper; Jefferson; Jersey; JoDaviess; Johnson, Livingston; Logan; Macon; Macoupin; Madison; Marion; Mason; Massac, McLean; Menard; Montgomery; Morgan; Piatt; Pike; Pope, Pulaski, Randolph; Richland; Saline, Sangamon; Schuyler; Scott; Shelby; Stephenson; Tazewell; Union, Wayne; White; Williamson ;Winnebago and Woodford.
The haying authorization will become effective August 2, 2012, which is after the wildlife nesting and brood rearing season in Illinois and shall not exceed August 31, 2012. The authorization to graze also will begin on August 2, 2012 not to exceed September 30, 2012.
Editor's note: USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke with NBC's Andrea Mitchell this morning after his meeting with President Obama on the drought. Check out the audio.
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