(Mason/Texas), April 4, 2011 –Mason-Llano County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Randy Maenius, stated that eligible ranchers and livestock producers in Mason and Llano counties are now eligible for the Livestock Forage Program (LFP). Signup has begun and will continue through January 30, 2012. The CED stated "It is imperative that livestock producers meet this deadline for the Livestock Forage Program as there are no late file provisions," Maenius stated that "with the current drought conditions, in addition to Mason and Llano counties becoming eligible, many other counties are eligible and we anticipate more counties may become eligible between now and the end of September, so livestock producers who operate in other counties should contact that county office for more information,".
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-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 Requirement (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.
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.
Maenius stated "To ensure a smooth application process, LFP applications are being taken by appointment and producers should have all required supporting documentation, such as cash lease statements and livestock inventory counts with them at the time they visit our office to apply for benefits,".
For more information, county eligibility questions 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 ext. 2. Information can also be obtained on line at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.