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2011-01-06 / Front Page

Additional Counties Meet Trigger Requirements for Livestock Disaster Assistance and are Granted a Sign-Up Extension

Lee County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director John Schoenemann announced recently that Lee County is one of eight additional counties that have met the trigger requirements for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP). Counties recently determined eligible for LFP benefits for native and improved grasses are Lee, Anderson, Brewster, Burleson, Fayette, Pecos, Waller and Washington.

These counties were also granted a sign-up extension until March 1, 2011, from the original signup deadline of January 31, 2011

LFP provides payments to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock grazing losses due to qualifying drought or fire. Fire losses apply only to federally managed rangeland. Eligible livestock under LFP include beef cattle, alpacas, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep and swine. For losses due to drought, qualifying drought ratings are determined using the U.S. Drought Monitor located at http:// www.drought. unl.edu/ dm/ monitor.html.

“It is imperative that livestock producers meet their deadline for disaster assistance as there are no late file provisions for LFP,” said Schoenemann. “ To insure a smooth application process, producers should have all required supporting documentation with them at the time they visit our office to apply for benefits.”

In order for an LFP applicant to qualify for program benefits, the applicant must have purchased insurance coverage through FSA’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP-$250) or the Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance-Rainfall Index for Grazing (PRF-RI) program offered through the Risk Management Agency (RMA).

Producers who meet the requirements of a socially disadvantaged, limited resource or beginning farmers or ranchers, as defined in the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 Section 2501 (e)(7 U.S.C. 2279(e)), do not have to meet this Risk Management Purchase Requirements (RMPR).

LFP program applicants should note that in addition to risk management provisions, certain payment limitation and adjusted gross income eligibility requirements must be met in order to qualify for livestock disaster program benefits.

For more information or to apply for LFP and other USDA Farm Service Agency disaster assistance programs, please contact the Lee County FSA office at (979) 542-5781-2.

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