CRP emergency grazing approved in 34 Texas counties

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Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director James B. Douglass has announced 34 Texas counties are authorized for emergency grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for fiscal year 2013.

The following Texas counties have been approved for CRP emergency grazing:  Armstrong, Bailey, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Crosby, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Floyd, Gray, Hale, Hardeman, Hemphill, Hockley, Kent, Lamb, Lipscomb, Lubbock, Nolan, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Scurry, Sherman, Swisher, Terry, Wheeler and Yoakum.

CRP grazing in these counties began Dec. 1 and will last through a 90-day period, not to exceed Feb. 28, 2013. Emergency grazing only will be available for CRP land that was not utilized for haying or grazing during fiscal year 2011 or 2012. There will be a 25 percent CRP payment reduction for CRP acres used for emergency grazing under these provisions.

"Eligible producers who are interested in emergency grazing of CRP must request approval before grazing eligible acreage and obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service that includes grazing provisions," Douglass said. "Current provisions allow grazing on 100 percent of a field, up to the 75 percent stocking rate."



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