Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says, to date, USDA has made more than $175 million in disaster payments to America's livestock producers. Many of these funds were made possible through two new programs implemented in 2009. Vilsack says the previous ad hoc disaster assistance often was too little, too late. He went on to say that by getting these new programs up and running quickly, USDA is already beginning to achieve Congress' goal of helping producers recover losses rapidly and more thoroughly.
The Livestock Indemnity Program provides payments to eligible livestock owners and contract growers who suffered eligible livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality as a direct result of an eligible adverse weather event. Eligible livestock under LIP include beef cattle, alpacas, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, lambs, poultry, reindeer, sheep and swine. Producers have until Jan. 30 to file an application for payment.
The Livestock Forage Disaster Program provides payments to eligible livestock producers who have suffered livestock grazing losses due to qualifying drought or fire. Eligible livestock under LFP include beef cattle, alpacas, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep and swine. Producers have until Jan. 30 to submit a completed application for payment and required supporting documentation to their administrative county FSA office.