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FSA Expands Emergency Haying and Grazing to Additional CRP Practices

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Indiana Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Julia A. Wickard today announced that emergency haying and grazing provisions have been expanded to include additional practices under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for all Indiana counties for 2012.  The additional practices indicated with asterisks in the table below are being released with the concurrence of Indiana wildlife partners in response to the critical need for livestock forage due to the ongoing drought.  “Secretary Vilsack announced the availability of these practices on Wednesday afternoon and conservation and agricultural organizations acted swiftly to enact the special provisions for our state,” said Wickard.

 

Emergency Haying and Grazing CRP Practices/Acres

Practice Description Approximate Indiana Acres
CP1 Permanent Introduced Grasses and Legumes

30,261

CP2 Permanent Native Grasses

26,091

CP4B Permanent Wildlife Habitat Corridors

383

CP4D Permanent Wildlife Habitat

11,845

*CP8A Grass Waterways

19,990

CP10 Vegetative Cover (Grass Already Established)

49,735

CP18 C Permanent Salt Tolerant Vegetative Cover

0.5

*CP23 Floodplain Wetlands

1,589

*CP23A Non-Floodplain Wetlands

1,306

*CP25 Rare and Declining Habitat

2,173

*CP27 Farmable Wetland Program – Wetland

356

*CP28 Farmable Wetland Program – Buffer

663

CP 38 SAFE CP25 Rare and Declining Habitat

110.7

Total Indiana Acres

144,503.2

 

“This was a decision that was not taken lightly.  An extensive environmental assessment was conducted to determine the impact these haying or grazing practices would have on wildlife,” stated Wickard.   The complete Programmatic Environmental Assessment can be found online at:  https://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=ecrc&topic=nep-cd

 

Source: FSA