Producers Affected by Severe Weather Urged to Keep Good Records
March 7, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia, repeated his appeal to livestock producers affected by natural disasters such as the drought in the West and the unexpected winter storm in the upper Midwest to keep thorough records. This includes livestock and feed losses and any additional expenses that are a result of losses to purchase forage or feed stuff. 
 
FSA recommends that owners and producers 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 ground or to move animals to new pastures; feed purchases if supplies or grazing pastures are destroyed; crop records, including seed and fertilizer purchases, planting and production records; pictures of on-farm storage facilities that were destroyed by wind or flood waters; and evidence of damaged farm land. 
 
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