Landowners with Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres have a couple of options available when it comes to haying and grazing those acres.
One of the options in Ohio is for emergency haying and grazing, which allows 50 percent of the hay to be removed from eligible fields, under grazing, they can take 75 percent off eligible fields, with a payment reduction of 10 percent.
Brandi Koehler, Conservation Programs Chief in the Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Office says another option is managed haying and grazing.
“Under managed haying we do allow whole fields to be hayed as long as they are an eligible practice, with managed haying there is a 25 percent payment reduction,” said Koehler. “Another stipulation under managed haying is that it can only be done once every three years.”
But before doing anything Brandi Koehler tells Brownfield it’s important for participants to contact their local Farm Service Agency office throughout the process.
“They do have to receive approval and fill out the proper paperwork before they start the haying or grazing activities.”
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