04-03-17 USDA Authorizes Emergency Use of Conservation Reserve Program Acres for Logan County in Colorado

USDA Authorizes Emergency Use of Conservation Reserve Program Acres for Logan County in Colorado

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director, Sherry Lederhos, today announced that Logan County is authorized for emergency use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres due to recent wildfires. The deadline to submit a request for emergency use of CRP land is April 7, 2017. If approved, producers can temporarily utilize eligible CRP acres for 30 calendar days from the date of approval.

“Eligible producers who are interested in emergency use of CRP land must request approval before using eligible acreage and must obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS),” said Lederhos.

Emergency use of CRP acres is limited to livestock producers who lost pasture and fences due to wildfires in Logan, Phillips, and Sedgwick Counties. Eligible CRP land is limited to acres located within the approved county.

There will be no CRP annual rental payment reduction for 2017 emergency use authorizations and no funds are authorized for water, feed or other costs.

Producers authorized for emergency use of CRP acreage may use the land for their own livestock or may grant another livestock producer use of their CRP acreage.

For more information and to request approval for emergency use of CRP acres, contact the Logan County FSA office at (970) 522-7440, extension #2.