Kansas Livestock Association provided comments recently to Kansas Farm Services Agency officials in support of early emergency use of Conservation Reserve Program acres in areas of the state affected by drought.
During the nesting season, authority to release CRP for emergency grazing must be approved by the federal FSA office. In Kansas, the nesting season is April 15 to July 15.
Before federal officials can authorize early emergency access to CRP forage, counties must provide documentation showing a 40 percent or greater loss in normal pasture and hay production and a 40 percent deviation from normal precipitation levels for the four most recent months. In addition, state FSA officials are required to provide the national FSA office with written concurrence and letters or emails of support for emergency grazing during the nesting season from wildlife officials and organizations within the state.
To date, wildlife interests in Kansas have expressed concern with allowing emergency use of CRP during the nesting season. After July 15, the Kansas FSA State Committee has authority to release a county for emergency CRP use when the county is designated as D2 (severe drought) or worse on the U.S. drought monitor map.
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