Livestock Producers Should Enroll in Disaster Assistance Program by October 1

The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) provides compensation to livestock producers that suffered drought-related grazing losses on specific types of pastureland. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages eligible livestock producers to enroll in the LFP now. The USDA must reduce payments to producers who do not take action by September 30, 2014. 

Livestock producers who may be eligible for disaster assistance include producers who have experienced grazing losses since October 2011.

If you believe you are eligible, contact your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) and set an appointment. Producers who set appointments after October 1 retain eligibility for full, non-reduced payments. Alternatively, FSA has an online registration where livestock producers can add their names to an electronic list before the September 30 deadline to avoid reductions in disaster assistance. 

To learn more about USDA disaster relief program, review the 2014 Farm Bill fact sheet, the LFP program fact sheet, and visit your local FSA office.