Feed assistance availble for SD producers
BROOKINGS, S.D. – Many livestock producers may be facing forage shortages due to dry conditions this growing season. The Agriculture Act of 2014, most commonly known as the 2014 Farm Bill, includes a program designed to assist livestock producers facing extended drought conditions.
A United States Department of Agriculture program, administered by the Farm Service Agency (USDA-FSA), the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) is available to eligible producers facing grazing losses due to drought or fire.
Producers will need to contact their USDA-FSA office to request assistance from this program.
To Qualify for Livestock Forage Disaster Programs:
* A producer must own, lease or contract feed any of the covered classes of livestock during the 60 calendar days prior to the qualifying drought or fire occurrence,
* A producer must provide pasture or grazing land in the qualified county or have been prohibited from grazing federally managed rangeland due to a qualifying fire occurrence,
* A producer must certify grazing losses have occurred due to the qualifying drought or fire occurrence,
* A producer must file form CCC-853 for all grazing acres that qualify due to forage losses due to drought or fire by the deadline.
Qualified livestock include: beef, dairy, buffalo, sheep, goats, deer, equine, swine, elk, poultry, reindeer, alpacas, emus and llamas.
Farm Service Agency determined the monthly payment rate as equal to 60 percent of the lesser of either the monthly feed cost for all covered livestock owned or leased by the producer or calculated from the normal carrying capacity of the eligible acres.
For 2016, the monthly payment rate for adult beef bulls and cows is $32.36, beef non-adult animals weighing 500 pounds or more is $24.27 and the all sheep rate is $8.09.
The Farm Service Agency LFP fact sheet: http://www.fsa.usda.gov, contains a full list of the rates for eligible livestock.
Further, the number of weeks a county is designated as a D2, D3 or D4 drought per the U.S Drought Monitor determines the number of months of feed assistance that can be received by the producer
Based on the drought criteria, as of July 21, 2016, six South Dakota counties are eligible for payments through Livestock Forage Disaster Programs.
Producers that have reduced herd size due to the drought need to contact their FSA office regarding special provisions in the program for those animals.
While a small percentage of South Dakota counties currently qualify for assistance through Livestock Forage Disaster Programs, producers can monitor future county designations and access the program by working with county Farm Service Agency offices across the state.