ATHENS, GA, July 12, 2016 --- The Georgia Farm Service Agency (FSA) has been notified that livestock producers in 36 Georgia counties are now eligible for assistance under the Livestock Forage Program (LFP). The eligible counties are located primarily in the northern part of the state; however, eligibility is determined weekly and other counties could become eligible for LFP assistance in the coming weeks if drought conditions persist.

North Georgia Counties Eligible for Grazing Assistance

Contact:
Fred Harrison, Jr.
Fred.harrison@ga.usda.gov
706-546-2266

ATHENS, GA, July 12, 2016 --- The Georgia Farm Service Agency (FSA) has been notified that livestock producers in 36 Georgia counties are now eligible for assistance under the Livestock Forage Program (LFP). The eligible counties are located primarily in the northern part of the state; however, eligibility is determined weekly and other counties could become eligible for LFP assistance in the coming weeks if drought conditions persist.

The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered qualifying grazing losses due to drought. Qualifying droughts are based exclusively on U.S Drought Monitor severity ratings and are the only determining factor for determining a county's eligibility for LFP. It is important to note that not all counties in Georgia are eligible for LFP assistance at the present time.

To expedite applications, producers in eligible counties who experienced grazing losses due to drought are encouraged to contact their local FSA office and arrange for an appointment to apply for benefits after assembling all of their required documentation. Among the requirements to participate are: (1) an acreage report for their grazing acres; if not reported previously, producers may pay a late fee for the COF to verify the acres and report those acres now (2) the number of eligible livestock based on weight categories as defined by FSA (3) provide written leases specifying the terms of the rental agreement and (4) several other "general" eligibility forms if not already on file with their local FSA office.

Local FSA county offices can provide additional information on the types of records producers will need to apply for assistance. Producers are encouraged to contact their county office ahead of time to schedule an appointment. Producers who already have appointments don't need to take any additional action as county offices will be contacting those producers when they're ready to take their applications. FSA offices can be found at offices.usda.gov.

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