Livestock indemnity program available |

Livestock indemnity program available

As reported on, livestock producers who have animal death losses due to the Texas floods can apply for federal aid, according to state agriculture officials.

The Livestock Indemnity Program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather. To be eligible, a producer must have legally owned the eligible livestock on the day the livestock died. A fact sheet on this program is available at

Ranchers are encouraged to call the Farm Service Agency office in their county to set up an appointment as deadlines approach, officials said. There is a 30-day window in which a producer must establish the claim of loss with the local FSA office.

The disaster programs are part of the Agricultural Act of 2014, the new Farm Bill.

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