Have you had livestock losses from the recent storms? The loss of sheep and goats of all types and weight ranges due to adverse weather conditions are eligible for compensation through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).
According to officials with FSA, producers must contact their local FSA office within 30 days of when the loss is apparent to be eligible for LIP benefits. Proof of death must be provided and documentation including the quantity, kind, type and weight range of the livestock is required.
Payments are based on 75 percent of a fair market value as determined by the secretary of agriculture.
The LIP payments were established in the 2008 Farm Bill and are intended to compensate producers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather conditions. Although the forms and the procedures to apply for the program are not yet available, it is still imperative that producers contact their local FSA office within 30 days of the loss to be eligible for the benefit.
"Even though there are no program regulations yet, this at least gives producers an explanations of what to do if a storm causes livestock losses," commented Peter Orwick, executive director for the American Sheep Industry Association. "Several storms this winter and spring have caused severe losses for sheep producers, and this program was supported by ASI in the Farm Bill to help these farms and ranches recover. Unfortunately, many new and re-authorized programs still need the rules to be published for implementation and payments, so it is important that producers visit with their congressional delegation to have them remind USDA that rules need immediate attention."