USDA livestock disaster assistance deadline Dec. 10

CAMERON—Milam County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Kevin Humphrey reminds eligible ranchers and livestock producers of the Dec. 10 deadline for applying for benefits under the provisions of the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for losses incurred during calendar year 2008.

For losses incurred during the 2009 calendar year, the deadline to apply for benefits is Jan.30, 2010.

LFP provides payments to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock grazing losses due to qualifying drought or fire. (Fire not included.)

Eligible livestock under LFP include beef cattle, alpacas, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep and swine.

For losses due to drought, qualif y ing drought ratings are determined using the U.S. Drought Monitor located at dm/monitor.html.

"It is imperative that livestock producers meet these deadlines for disaster assistance as there are no late file provisions for LFP, said" Humphrey. "To insure a smooth application process, producers should have all required supporting documentation with them at the time they visit our office to apply."

In order for an LFP applicant to qualify for program benefits, the applicant must have purchased insurance coverage through FSA's Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, or the Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance program offered through the Risk Management Agency.

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