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Carbon County FSA Office PO Box 509 Joliet, MT 59041

February 2009

(406)962-3300 ext 100 FAX (406) 962-3995

Spring Grazing on Conservation Reserve Program Acres

County Committee Members

Carol Nott – Chairman Melvin Hoferer – Vice Chairman Robert DeVries – Regular Member

FSA Office Personnel

Julie Winters – CED ext 102 Kelly Heiken – PT ext 109 Melvin Stene – PT ext 108

Dates to Remember:

March 15 – Spring grazing on CRP acres begins March 16 – NAP Sales closing date for all crops except value loss crops and honey March 16 – Crop insurance sales closing date for 2008 spring- seeded crops March 25-28 – FFA Convention – Great Falls. March 31 – Final loan/LDP availability date for various crops harvested in 2008 NAP Pull off date – (add your date here) May 14 – Spring grazing on CRP acres ends May 15 – Beginning date of Primary Nesting Season June 1 – DCP signup deadline

The 2009 grazing period for managed grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres is March 15th through May 14th. CRP participants who want to graze their CRP contracts this spring must sign up at the office.

Grazing cannot begin until the participant (s) receives written approval from the local FSA county committee or its designee. Spring managed grazing must end before May 15th, which is the start of Montana’s Primary Nesting and Broodrearing Season.

Participants may graze CRP acres based on the rotation period (once every three years or once every 5 years) and other limitations that are included in their Conservation Plan of Operations. Producers wishing to graze CRP acres must first receive written notification of approval from the FSA county committee before managed grazing can begin. Livestock producers, who rent or lease acreage from the CRP participant, shall sign a statement agreeing not to sublease the CRP acreage and receive notification of approval from the FSA county committee, a copy of which they should provide to the CRP participant. All livestock must be removed from the CRP acreage when the calculated AUM’s are utilized, but no later than May 14th for spring grazing. CRP participants will be assessed a payment reduction for managed grazing which is calculated by taking the number of acres grazed, times the CRP per acre annual rental payment, times 25 percent.

Managed grazing and managed haying of CRP will be allowed in 2009, however, a starting date for the summer/fall managed grazing and managed haying for CRP will be announced later.

NATIONAL AGRICULTURE WEEK is March 15-

21, 2009. It is a time to celebrate American agriculture and honor the people who work to meet our everyday needs. FSA in Montana thanks the many farmers and ranchers we work with on a daily basis.

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its program and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."

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