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The 2014 Farm Bill, formally known as the Agricultural Act of 2014, makes the Livestock Forage Program (LFP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) permanent programs and provides retroactive authority to cover eligible losses back to Oct. 1, 2011.


LFP provides compensation to eligible producers who suffered grazing losses due to drought and fire. LIP provides compensation to livestock producers who suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the Federal Government or protected by Federal law, including wolves and avian predators.


USDA is determined to make implementing the livestock disaster programs a top priority and plans to open program enrollment by April 15, 2014.


As USDA begins implementing the livestock disaster assistance programs, producers should record all pertinent information of natural disaster consequences, including:


• Documentation of the number and kind of livestock that have died, supplemented if possible by photographs or video records of ownership and losses


• Dates of death supported by birth recordings or purchase receipts


• Costs of transporting livestock to safer grounds or to move animals to new pastures


• Feed purchases if supplies or grazing pastures are destroyed


• Crop records, including seed and fertilizer purchases, planting and production records


• Pictures of on-farm storage facilities that were destroyed by wind or flood waters


• Evidence of damaged farm land.


Many producers still have questions. USDA is in the process of interpreting Farm Bill program regulations. Additional information will be provided once the enrollment period is announced. In the meantime, producers can review the LIP and LFP Fact Sheets. Thanks for your patience as USDA works diligently to put Farm Bill programs into action to benefit the farmers and ranchers of rural America.


Livestock producers affected by severe weather urged to keep good records

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) again appeals to livestock producers affected by natural disasters such as the drought in the West and the unexpected winter storm in the upper Midwest to keep thorough records. This includes livestock and feed losses, and any additional expenses that are a result of losses to purchased forage or feed stuff.


In addition to western drought and the early-winter snowstorms, there are a variety of disasters from floods to storms to unexpected freezes. Each event causes economic consequences for farmers and ranchers throughout the United States. FSA recommends that owners and producers record all pertinent information of natural disaster consequences, including:


• Documentation of the number and kind of livestock that have died, supplemented if possible by photographs or video records of ownership and losses;


• Dates of death supported by birth recordings or purchase receipts;


• Costs of transporting livestock to safer grounds or to move animals to new pastures;


• Feed purchases if supplies or grazing pastures are destroyed;


• Crop records, including seed and fertilizer purchases, planting and production records;


• Pictures of on-farm storage facilities that were destroyed by wind or flood waters; and


• Evidence of damaged farm land.


Visit www.fsa.usda.gov or an FSA county office to learn more about FSA programs and loans. For information about USDA’s Farm Bill implementation plan, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.


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