The USDA has changed its CRP grazing regulations, allowing livestock producers to graze wheat, corn, grain sorghum and soybean residue in incidental circumstances. Congressman Jerry Moran (R-KS) played a key role in spearheading the change.
"During my conservation tour last fall, producers shared with me their interest in enrolling in CRP, but they found the current incidental grazing regulations cumbersome," Moran says. "This change is good news for Kansas producers who have land enrolled in CRP and would like to graze wheat. I appreciate that USDA responded so quickly in agreeing to change these regulations."
USDA conservation programs allow producers to plant filter strips to improve water quality and habitat for wildlife. Prior to the regulation change these strips were required to be fenced off from livestock grazing on growing wheat. It can be impractical and expensive to fence off these strips, and by modifying these regulations in CRP, producers will have more incentive and flexibility to participate in the program.
"This common sense solution gives producers more options for their livestock while doing their part to protect our natural resources," Moran says.
The new regulations take effect immediately; contact your local Farm Service Agency office for more details.