The Woodward News

Local News

July 30, 2012

Emergency ruling gives producers another option for hay

Woodward, Okla. — Due to persistent excessive heat and lack of rain, the USDA has approved an emergency order allowing for immediate use of crop reserve program (CRP) grass.

Woodward USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Bowdy Peach said producers can either graze or cut the growth on their CRP acreage after they sign up for permission from the program.

"Normally, the grass is cut or grazed for one out of 3 years," he said, meaning that the fodder couldn't be baled or grazed for consecutive years under the terms of the CRP, if conditions were normal.

"But under the emergency order, the grass can be utilized for 2 years in a row," Peach said.

There is a fee for using the CRP grasses. Peach said it is 10 percent of the rental rate that is paid to the CRP.

If farmers are haying their CRP acreage, the cutting must be completed by Aug. 30, Peach said.

"If they are grazing it, cows have to be off it by Sept. 30," he said.

Peach said local producers need to come by the FSA office in Woodward, at 3300 Oklahoma Ave., Suite 700, to register for the emergency use of CRP grass.

For more information, Peach said producers can come by the office or call him at (580) 256-7882, ext. 2.

Text Only
Local News
  • Area woman recovering from West Nile

    It wasn’t too many years ago when West Nile Virus was a scary word everyone hoped never happened to them and most of the time, that was true.

    July 27, 2014

  • Dedication set for art pieces

    Woodward’s collection of public art pieces will grow by two this week.

    July 27, 2014

  • ‘Support YOUR Cause Tour’ making stop in Woodward

    A musician is looking to raise $5,000 at an upcoming local concert.
    But Scott Helmer isn't raising the money for himself.  He is hoping to collect money to help support the Woodward Arts Theatre.

    July 26, 2014

  • Experts offer important tips on grilling

    When Roy Lenz prepares his grill for one of his famous steak nights at the Brandin’ Iron in Laverne, he does so with meticulous care and cleanliness, almost to the point of being compulsive.

    July 26, 2014

  • Light agenda set for county

    County commissioners will see a light agenda for their final meeting in July on Monday.

    July 26, 2014

  • State board votes again to delay education plan

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's State Board of Education voted on Wednesday for a second time to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal from three education groups that represent public school boards and administrators across Oklahoma.

    July 24, 2014

  • Winners of Cudd Legacy award named

    Three veterans of the oil industry will receive this year's Bobby Joe Cudd Legacy Award during the Tri-State Oil and Gas Convention on Aug. 7 at the Woodward Conference Center.

    July 24, 2014

  • Benefit gun raffles underway

    Woodward Reserve police officers and other Woodward full time officers have come together to support one of their own.

    July 24, 2014

  • Tulsa man looking for military friend

    There are times in everyone's life when you think back and wonder whatever happened to those old friends from your past.

    July 23, 2014

  • Zoning change approved by commission

    Monday night Woodward city commissioners unanimously approved a zoning change that was contested by one local man who was protesting because he wants the neighborhood to continue its residential growth.

    July 23, 2014