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Federal disaster assistance available to farmers

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The Carrollton Service Center Farm Service Agency is currently conducting sign-ups for livestock disaster assistance programs. 

These disaster programs are authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill as permanent programs and provide retroactive authority to cover losses that occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011.

The three programs are:

Livestock Forage Program

The Livestock Forage Program provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire.

LFP payments for drought are equal to 60 percent of the monthly feed cost for up to five months. LFP payments for fire on federally managed rangeland are equal to 50 percent of the monthly feed cost for the number of days the producer is prohibited from grazing the managed rangeland, not to exceed 180 calendar days.

Eligible livestock producers must own or lease grazing land or pastureland that is physically located in a county rated by the U.S. Drought Monitor as having a:

D2 (severe drought) in a county for eight consecutive weeks or more during the normal grazing period:  assistance equals one monthly payment;

D3 (extreme drought) in a county anytime during the normal grazing period:  assistance equals three monthly payments;

D3 (extreme drought) in a county for four weeks or more during the normal grazing period or D4 (exceptional drought) anytime during the normal grazing period:  assistance equals four monthly payments;

D4 (exceptional drought) in a county for four weeks (consecutive weeks unnecessary) during the normal grazing period:  assistance equals five monthly payments.

Producers who suffered eligible grazing losses should submit a completed CCC-853 and supporting documentation by Jan. 30, 2015.

Livestock Indemnity Program

The Livestock Indemnity Program provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by law.

Producers who suffered livestock death losses should submit a notice of loss and an application for payment by Jan. 30, 2015.

 

Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program

The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish that have losses due to disease or adverse weather. 

ELAP assistance is provided for losses not covered by LFP and LIP.

Producers who suffered eligible livestock, honeybee, or farm-raised fish losses during 2012 and 2013 program years must submit a notice of loss and application for payment by August 1, 2014.  For 2014 program year losses, the notice of loss and an application for payment must be submitted by Nov. 1, 2014.

If eligible for one of the above programs, producers should record all pertinent information of natural disaster consequences, including:

Documentation of the number and kind of livestock that have died, supplemented if possible by photographs or video records of ownership and losses

Dates of death supported by birth recordings or purchase receipts

Costs of transporting livestock to safer grounds or to move animals to new pastures

Feed purchases if supplies or grazing pastures are destroyed

Crop records, including seed and fertilizer purchases, plantings, and production records

If you believe that you are included in one of these categories, please contact the Carrollton Service Center FSA Office at (502) 732-6931.

Dates of interest

May 22: BQA Certification, 6:30 p.m., Carroll County Extension office.

 

Christin Herbst is the Carroll County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to Christin.Herbst@uky.edu.