October 3, 2003
The U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced on Monday of this week that Year 4 payments of the Lamb Meat Adjustment Assistance Program (LMAAP) will resume immediately.
Additional funds have been made available to fully support the final Year 4 LMAAP applications filed between June 7 and July 31, 2003. Payments on feeder, slaughter and ewe lambs will be made at the published rates of $3, $8 and $18, respectively. The deadline for County FSA offices to complete the processing of Year 4 LMAAP applications is Nov. 7, 2003.
?This is good news for producers and feeders who submitted applications in June and July. Even though payments were delayed, producers can expect to receive full payment on all eligible applications,? stated Guy Flora, president of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI). ?Producers should be receiving notice of payment shortly and should contact their local FSA office in coming weeks if they don't receive payment.?
July 31, 2003, was the final application deadline for the LMAAP programs. ASI is continuing work to extend the retained ewe-lamb program for an additional year and is awaiting a formal decision from USDA Secretary Veneman.
Questions regarding payments should be directed to local FSA offices. The latest notice can be found at: ftp://ftp.fsa.usda.gov/public/notices/LD_542.pdf.
Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext 33