February 13, 2004
Feb. 13, 2004 -- County Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices this week received Notice LD-545 pertaining to the Ewe-Lamb Replacement and Retention Program.
According to the notice, ?producers will be paid $18 per head for ewe lambs purchased or retained during August 1, 2003, through July 31, 2004. Producers must also retain the qualifying ewe lambs in the herd for at least 1 complete offspring lambing cycle.?
?The qualifications and eligibility requirements of the program ought to be the same as they were in 2003,? stated Peter Orwick, American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) executive director. ?We are pleased that USDA/FSA took into consideration the recommendations made by the industry to start the program Aug. 1, 2003, so we do not have a gap in eligibility between program years.?
It may be a few weeks before local FSA offices receive the necessary paperwork to take applications.
Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33