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Antelope, Kearney, Platte, Dixon, Knox, Polk, Franklin, Madison, Thayer, Hall, Nuckolls, Wayne, Hamilton, Phelps. Webster. Jefferson and Pierce.
The Drought Monitor was updated today and designated these additional counties as being in a “D2 – Severe Drought” status. Secretary Vilsack recently authorized FSA State Committees to release counties for CRP emergency haying and grazing once they reached the D2 level. In addition, the associated payment reduction was decreased from 25 percent to 10 percent to further assist producers impacted by the drought conditions.
CRP participants need to file a request to hay or graze at their local FSA office. CRP use includes specific rules for haying and/or a grazing plan to insure consistent uses of the land. An additional approval was granted this year for practice CP-25, Rare and Declining Habitat, to allow grazing for the first time.
“This approval will provide additional forage to livestock producers in the affected counties as the drought continues to intensify,” said Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Dan Steinkruger.