Missouri Dairy Business Update  
Volume 8, Number 5
May 2008

CRP Opens for Hay and Grazing after July 15

The USDA has authorized certain acreage enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to be made available for hay and forage for livestock. Eligible land may not be hayed or grazed until after the end of the primary nesting season for grass-nesting birds (in Missouri, May 1 to July 15th), and some CRP acreage will not be eligible for the program.

No rental payment reduction will be assessed on contracts being utilized for this critical use. However, a $75 fee will be charged to process the required contract modification.

Signup for interested CRP participants will begin June 2, 2008, at local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. This modification for critical feed use is only for 2008. All forage use must be completed no later than November 10, 2008.

More than 24 million acres of land enrolled in CRP will be eligible for this feed-use program. USDA estimates that this program will make available up to 18 million tons of forage worth $1.2 billion. Producers can sign up for the program beginning June 2, 2008, at local Farm Service Agency offices.

USDA News Release

Map - Primary Nesting Season - Dates and Durations

Fact Sheet - Conservation Reserve Program - Critical Feed Use


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