This is the first week farmers and ranchers are eligible to hay and graze Conservation Reserve Program acres in the Dakotas and Minnesota, but program provisions are making this more challenging. Minnesota Farm Service Agency Acting Administrator Michelle Page explains emergency haying goes hand-in-hand with the Livestock Forage Program. “Once LFP triggers, emergency haying can only be done in certain CRP practices. The practices that’s limited to include CP1, CP2, CP4B and D, CP10, 18B and C along with CP38E,” says Page. “Although under emergency provisions they are limited to those practices, non-emergency haying and grazing is also available.” Farmers who request to non-emergency hay their CRP may have a 25 percent payment reduction on what’s hayed, depending on their conservation plan. Farmers should contact their county FSA office for more details.
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