2011-08-25 / Local & State

Disaster Program For Farmers Who Lost Livestock To Excessive Heat

The U.S. Department of Agriculture ( USDA) reminds Pennsylvania farmers that USDA offers a variety of resources for those affected by recent extreme weather, including excessive heat, drought and tornadoes. USDA urges producers in need or those with questions to contact their local county or state USDA Service Center or Farm Service Agency office for assistance.

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) is available to provide benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather, including extreme heat, such as that experienced locally over the last few weeks. Livestock do not have to be located in an area that was designated a natural disaster by the president or declared by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Poultry losses incurred recently may be eligible for the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). To be eligible for compensation, livestock must be owned or grown under contract by the producer and be raised for commercial use as part of the farming operation. Pets or recreational animals do not qualify. Producers must file a notice of loss with their local FSA office within 30 calendar days of the loss becoming apparent to the producer. Notice of loss may be filed by phone, fax or e-mail or in-person at the county FSA office. The producer’s final application must include a copy of the grower contract if he/she is a contract grower and any other supporting documents required for determining eligibility. Supporting documents must show evidence of loss, current physical location of livestock in inventory and location of the livestock at the time of death. Payment for losses is determined by USDA calculations and is based on a percentage of the average fair market value of the animal. Under the current program, payments will be based on individual producers’ losses.

During times of disaster, FSA administers programs that help producers recover from livestock deaths beyond normal mortality rates, losses of purchased and/or harvested forage, and the additional costs of providing or transporting feed. Key programs are LIP, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock Program (ELAP) and the Livestock Forage Program (LFP).

Fact sheets for these and other programs can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov; click on Newsroom, then Fact Sheets. For additional information, please contact the Fulton County Farm Service Agency office at 717- 485-3231.To find the USDA Service Center visit http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/loca tor/app?state=us&agency=fsa.

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