Barry County livestock producers reminded to report forage losses

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Coverage available for eligible grazing losses due to drought

Barry County U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Tammy Spicer reminds livestock producers who suffered grazing losses that occurred throughout 2020 due to drought to report their losses timely and to enroll in the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) by Jan. 30.

LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately-owned or cash-leased land or fire on federally-managed land. Producers in Barry County are eligible to apply for 2020 LFP benefits on native pasture and improved pasture. Livestock producers are encouraged to contact the Barry County FSA Office with any questions regarding specific forage crops that are eligible.

"Prolonged drought conditions have created a need for livestock disaster assistance programs in Barry County," Spicer said. "I encourage all affected livestock producers to contact the Barry County FSA Office to schedule an appointment to enroll in the program before the Jan. 30 deadline."

Livestock producers must complete the LFP application and required supporting documentation no later than Jan. 30 for losses that occurred throughout 2020. Producers who already have appointments scheduled require no additional action to meet the deadline.

Eligible livestock includes alpacas, beef cattle, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, reindeer, or sheep that have been or would have been grazing the eligible grazing land or pastureland.

Visit www.usda.gov/disaster to learn more about FSA disaster assistance programs or contact the Barry County FSA Office at 417-847-2682. To find a local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

In a continuing effort to better serve the public, USDA has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other disaster-focused organizations to develop the central resource for disaster related materials. This knowledge-base is a collection of disaster-related resources that are powered by agents with subject-matter expertise. Visit the USDA Disaster Resource Center website to find additional USDA disaster information and assistance.