USDA Announces Disaster Assistance
April 11, 2014

Livestock growers impacted by weather-related disasters can sign up to get financial help.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that farmers and ranchers can sign up for disaster assistance programs on April 15. The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, including calendar years 2012, 2013 and 2014, USDA reported.

USDA is encouraging all producers who experienced losses to compile records documenting their losses before enrolling in these disaster assistance programs. Local Farm Service Agency county offices can provide information on the types of records applicants will need. Producers are also encouraged to contact their county office ahead of time to schedule an appointment.

LIP provides compensation to livestock producers that have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather. Sheep are included as eligible livestock for this program.

LFP compensates eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire on publicly managed land. An eligible livestock producer must own, cash lease or be a contract grower of eligible livestock during the 60-calendar days before the beginning date of the qualifying drought or fire in a county that is rated by the U.S. Drought Monitor as D2, D3 or D4.

Finally, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program provides emergency aid to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish that have losses due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions, such as blizzards and wildfires as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.