Livestock disaster assistance deadlines approaching
CAMERON–Milam County USDA Farm Ser v ice Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Kevin Humphrey, reminds eligible ranchers and livestock producers of the March 1, 2011 deadline for applying for benefits under the provisions of the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for losses incurred during calendar year 2010.
Counties determined eligible for 2010 LFP benefits are Bandera, Brazos, Crockett, Dimmit, Edwards, Fayette, Grimes, Houston, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Lee, Leon, Madison, Maverick, Milam, Pecos, Real, Robertson, San Jacinto, Sutton, Terrell, Trinity, Uvalde, Val Verde, Walker Waller, Washington and Zavala.
These counties were also granted a sign- up extension until March 1, 2011, from the original signup deadline of January 30, 2011.
LFP provides payments to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock grazing losses due to qualifying drought or fire. Fire losses apply only to federally managed rangeland. 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, qua lif y ing d roug ht rat ings are determined using the U.S. Drought Monitor located at http://www.drought.unl.edu/ dm/monitor.html.
“It is imperative that livestock producers meet their deadline for disaster assistance as there are no late file provisions for LFP,” Humphrey said. “ To insure a smooth application process, producers should have all required supporting documentation with them at the time they visit our office to apply for benefits.”
In order for an LFP applicant to qualif y for program benefits, the applicant must have purchased insurance coverage through FSA’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) or the Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance-Rainfall Index for Grazing (PRF-RI) program offered through the Risk Management Agency (RMA).
For more information or to apply for LFP and other USDA Farm Service Agency disaster assistance programs, please contact the Milam County FSA office at (254) 697-4949. Information can also be obtained on line at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.