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Livestock disaster programs and taxes to be discussed at community gatherings

Ranch families are invited to attend any of four community gatherings to be held across western South Dakota on April 14 and 15 in Hermosa, Eagle Butte, Union Center and Interior for a free meal and information about livestock disaster programs. USDA has officially announced that producers will be able to sign up for Livestock Disaster Programs beginning on April 15 at Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices across the state.

FSA officials will provide details about reporting and documentation requirements, information about how the disaster programs will be administered, and answer questions from producers who may be eligible to apply for these programs. Accounting experts from Casey Peterson and Associates will also be in attendance to give a basic overview of potential tax implications from reporting losses and disaster payments.

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013, and 2014.

These gatherings are jointly hosted by USDA Farm Service Agency, Intertribal Agriculture Council, SD Cattlemen’s Association, SD Farmers Union, SD Farm Bureau, SD Sheep Growers Association, and SD Stockgrowers Association with the generous support of Ag United, First Interstate Bank of Sturgis, South Dakota Dairy Producers, Rushmore Electric Power Cooperative, West River Electric Association, DakotaLand Feeds, Central Life Sciences, SDSU Extension – West River Ag Center, and the SD Soybean Research and Promotion Council.

Community Gatherings will be held at the following locations:

Eagle Butte. S.D.

LandMark Hall

Monday, April 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Hermosa, S.D.

Custer County Fairgrounds

Monday, April 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Union Center, S.D.

Central Meade Co Community Center

Tuesday, April 15 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Interior, S.D.

Interior Volunteer Fire Hall

Tuesday, April 15 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

–S.D. Stockgrowers Association

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