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Feb. 1 deadline for producers to apply for Livestock Forage Disaster Program



Idaho County agricultural producers have until Feb. 1 to apply for benefits through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), reminds the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Producers who are eligible can apply for 2015 LFP benefits on grazing losses suffered on small grain pasture, native pasture, and improved pasture land due to D3, extreme drought, that was suffered in the county. In addition, if a producer is prohibited by a federal agency from grazing livestock on federally managed lands because of a fire, the producer may also be eligible for compensation through LFP.

More info? How to apply

For details about the eligibility of livestock, land, qualifying fires, or other terms of LFP, visit www.fsa.usda.gov or contact the Idaho County FSA Office in Grangeville at 983-1050, ext. 107.

Producers can also visit the FSA office regarding this program: Call 983-1050, ext. 107, and ask Leslie for an appointment to come in and get the process started.

FSA will calculate LFP payments based on 60 percent of the lesser of the monthly feed costs for all covered livestock or the normal carrying capacity of the land.

“Idaho County was designated D3, which is what implemented this program” explained FSA County Executive Director Julie Fowler.

The grazing land affected by drought must be privately owned or cash-leased, and a wide variety of livestock that are part of an agricultural operation are eligible under the terms of the program.

To sign up, producers must provide a completed application and supporting documentation to their local FSA office within 30 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the grazing loss occurred.

“Since the FSA cannot approve benefits unless a producer submits all required data, I encourage people to stop by or call our office in Grangeville so that we can help them determine if they are eligible and what data they need to provide,” advised Fowler.

”Our office is still working through those applications producers have previously submitted for this program.  The need to establish records and the application process takes time and we are working through them as quickly as possible.  We appreciate your patience,” stated Fowler.



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