FSA takes action on CRP changesThu, 17 Jul 2014 16:40:40 CDT
Earlier this week, the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a draft Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) based on the changes made in the 2014 Farm Bill. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is taking action on the new provisions included in the bill and the few additional administrative actions in the SPEIS.
The actions addressed are: continuous enrollment of grasslands, enrollment in other conservation programs such as the Conservation Stewardship Program and the Agriculture Conservation Easement Program; managed harvesting frequency; routine grazing frequency; targeting enrollment of environmentally sensitive lands through reverse auctions; and expanding the flexibility of emergency haying and grazing in drought designated areas on additional conservation practices.
Many of the changes in the farm bill address increasing the flexibility of CRP acres and the frequency of haying and grazing. FSA will be accepting comments until September 8 and will be holding five public meetings.
All five meetings will be from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
July 21 at Hilton Garden Inn, Spokane Airport, Spokane, Wash.
July 22 at Holiday Inn, Great Falls, Mont.
August 4 at Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, Lubbock, Texas
August 5 at Stillwater Library, Stillwater, Okla.
August 6 at Courtyard by Marriott and Moorhead Area, Moorhead, Minn.
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