Farm Agency News
Many farmers are asking about livestock forage assistance because of dry conditions, plus extremely high temperatures and these are frequently asked questions.
Q 1: How can one qualify for Emergency haying or grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage?
A 1: FSA in Wyandot county need approval from higher up before accepting applications.
Q 2: My CRP practice is a filter strip. Can this practice qualify for haying or grazing?
A 2: Practices that can participate with either Managed or Emergency Haying/Grazing are:
CP-1, Establishment of Permanent Introduced Grasses and Legumes; CP-2, Establishment of Permanent Native Grasses; CP-4D, Permanent Wildlife Habitat-Non-easement; CP-10, Vegetative Cover - Grass - Already Established; CP-38, SAFE - Buffers after 12 months growth of the cover (if included in the Ohio approved SAFE proposal); No waterways (CP-8A), no filter strips (CP-21), no quail habitat buffers (CP-33).
Q 3: Is there reduction of my annual CRP rental payment for haying or grazing?
A 3: Managed Haying or Grazing has rental reduction of 25%; Emergency Haying or Grazing for 2012 has a 10% reduction.
Q 4: There are lots of producers needing hay, so can I participate and sell this?
A 4: No sale of hay is allowed from Emergency or Managed Haying on CRP. But the haying rights can be leased to a producer needing hay if all parties agree to the requirements.
Q 5: Can all the acreage enrolled in CRP be hayed or grazed?
A 5: Only 50% of eligible CRP fields can be hayed, and only up to 75% of a field can be grazed.
Q 6: Can I harvest hay, and then graze the CRP acreage?
A 6: Either grazing or haying is permitted, not both. Only one hay cutting is permitted before August 30, 2012.
Q 7: Once the Wyandot County authorization is received, is there paperwork to complete?
A 7: For Haying or Grazing of one's own CRP, intention to participate needs to be filed at FSA, an agreement is to be signed, and approval must be given before this activity begins.
Q 8: If I apply to lease the right to hay or graze my CRP to another livestock producer, what is the process?
A 8: From both the landowner and the party leasing, signatures are required. FSA must have the intended CRP acres for haying shown on a map. An agreement must be signed and approved before starting the activity.
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Vicki Dean Orians, Wyandot County FSA
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