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Farm Service Agency: Programs may help producers suffering losses from winter weather

Producers experiencing livestock and forage losses due to harsh winter weather may find USDA Farm Service Agency programs to help them, FSA Administrator Jonathan Coppess said last week. “We need producers to document the number and kind of livestock that have died as a direct result of these winter storms and timely notify their local FSA office of these losses. There may be situations where producers are transporting feed to their livestock (and) producers should document these additional costs,” Coppess said.

FSA administers several programs that help producers recover from livestock deaths that are beyond normal mortality rates, losses of purchased and/or harvested forage, and with the additional costs of providing or transporting feed. Among the key programs are the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP). For livestock death losses to be eligible under LIP, producers must file a notice of loss with their local FSA office within 30 calendar days from when the loss is apparent to the producer.

For more information, contact your county FSA office. For fact sheets about the LIP and ELAP programs, go to http://www.fsa.usda.gov; click on Newsroom, then on Fact Sheets.

Producers experiencing livestock and forage losses due to harsh winter weather may find USDA Farm Service Agency programs to help them, FSA Administrator Jonathan Coppess said last week. “We need producers to document the number and kind of livestock that have died as a direct result of these winter storms and timely notify their local FSA office of these losses. There may be situations where producers are transporting feed to their livestock (and) producers should document these additional costs,” Coppess said.

FSA administers several programs that help producers recover from livestock deaths that are beyond normal mortality rates, losses of purchased and/or harvested forage, and with the additional costs of providing or transporting feed. Among the key programs are the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP). For livestock death losses to be eligible under LIP, producers must file a notice of loss with their local FSA office within 30 calendar days from when the loss is apparent to the producer.

For more information, contact your county FSA office. For fact sheets about the LIP and ELAP programs, go to http://www.fsa.usda.gov; click on Newsroom, then on Fact Sheets.

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