USDA Encourages Early Registration for FSA Programs
March 28, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia this week recommended that farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in FSA programs register in advance. Producers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes to a local FSA Service Center before April 15.

With the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, both the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program became permanent programs, providing retroactive authority to cover eligible livestock losses back to Oct. 1, 2011. Eligible livestock under the LIP program include beef and dairy cattle, bison, poultry, sheep, swine and horses. Enrollment for the programs will begin by April 15.

"We expect significant interest in these programs," said Garcia. "Early registration should help improve the sign-up process and allow us to expedite implementation of the programs. I strongly encourage producers to complete their paperwork ahead of time."

For more information on eligibility and the application process producers should contact their local FSA office or go to