Do You Qualify for Livestock Forage Program Assistance
October 28, 2016

The 2014 Farm Bill authorized the Livestock Forage Disaster Program to provide compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses for covered livestock on land that is native or improved pastureland with permanent vegetative cover or is planted specifically for grazing. The grazing losses must be due to a qualifying drought condition during the normal grazing period for the county. LFP also provides compensation to eligible producers who have suffered grazing losses on rangeland managed by a federal agency if the producer is prohibited by the federal agency from grazing the normal permitted livestock on the managed rangeland due to a qualifying fire.

Producers who suffered grazing losses that occurred in 2016 have until Jan. 30, 2017, to report their losses and enroll in LFP. Sheep and goats that have been or would have been grazing the eligible grazing land or pastureland are included as qualified livestock in this program.

A factsheet explaining the details of the program is available at www.fsa.usda.gov/Assets/USDA-FSA-Public/usdafiles/FactSheets/2016/2016_livestock_forage_disaster_program.pdf. The Farm Service Agency also has a website to help determine if a producer qualifies for assistance at http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/fsa/Home.aspx.

As with other assistance programs, producers should contact their local FSA office for complete details.