Haying and Grazing on CRP Acres
-The Conservation Reserve Program is a land retirement program that provides financial compensation to landowners who voluntarily enroll in highly erodible and environmentally sensitive lands. Typically, CRP contracts last 10 to 15 years to allow participants to establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved covers, that control soil erosion, improve water quality, and provide wildlife habitat.
Under certain provisions, USDA can authorize emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program enrolled acreage to improve the quality and performance of the CRP cover or to provide emergency relief to livestock producers due to certain natural disasters. Every week, USDA updates the map of counties eligible for emergency haying and/or grazing. Figure 1 is a map using the latest data of counties USDA has permitted for emergency haying and grazing on CRP acres.