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USDA Reminds Producers of Upcoming Livestock Disaster Assistance Deadlines
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 • Posted November 18, 2009

Mason-Llano County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Randy Maenius, reminds eligible ranchers and livestock producers of the Dec. 10 deadline for applying for benefits under the provisions of the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for losses incurred during calendar year 2008. For losses incurred during the 2009 calendar year, the deadline to apply for benefits is Jan.30, 2010. 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 these deadlines for disaster assistance as there are no late file provisions for LFP, said” Maenius. “To insure a smooth application process, producers should contact the county office and establish an appointment and 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) or the Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance (PRF) 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 Requirement (RMPR) and, therefore, are not required to have paid the buy-in fee.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 Mason-Llano County FSA office at 325-347-5740. Information can also be obtained on line at http://www.fsa.usda.gov. ger/nov 18 usda ldap

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