Brian Blount, executive director for Barry County Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that livestock producers may be eligible for benefits under FSA's Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for forage grazing losses incurred during 2011.
For 2011, producers must provide a completed application for payment and required supporting documentation to their administrative FSA county office within 30 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the grazing loss occurred.
"LFP provides payments to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock grazing losses due to drought," Blount said. "Producers must certify they have suffered a grazing loss because of this drought."
Eligible Missouri counties are Barry, Jasper, McDonald, Newton and Stone.
Qualifying drought ratings are determined using the U. S. Drought Monitor available online at www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html. Eligible livestock under LFP include beef cattle, alpacas, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep and swine.
To be eligible, the applicant must have purchased insurance coverage through FSA's Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) or FCIC Rainfall Index Policies or meet the waiver requirements as defined in the Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990. In order to earn the waiver, farmers must be considered socially disadvantaged, have limited resources or be considered a beginning farmer or rancher.
LFP program applicants should note that in addition to the risk management provisions, certain payment limitations and adjusted gross income eligibility requirements must be met in order to qualify for livestock disaster benefits.
For more information about FSA's disaster assistance programs, visit the Barry County FSA office in Cassville or http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.