(BOZEMAN, Mont.), October 10, 2018 - USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Mike Foster today announced that assistance through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) is available in Flathead, Lincoln and Sanders counties in Montana. Livestock producers have until Jan. 30, 2019, to enroll in the program.

Montana FSA: USDA Livestock Forage Disaster Program is Available in Three Montana Counties

The Application Deadline is Jan. 30, 2019

(BOZEMAN, Mont.), October 10, 2018 - USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Mike Foster today announced that assistance through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) is available in Flathead, Lincoln and Sanders counties in Montana. Livestock producers have until Jan. 30, 2019, to enroll in the program.

"Drought conditions have triggered availability of the Livestock Forage Disaster Program in Flathead, Lincoln and Sanders counties," Foster said. “I encourage affected livestock producers to contact their local FSA office for an appointment and to learn what records they need to have on hand in order to apply for assistance.”

LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately-owned or cash-leased land, federal leases/permits, state leases, and some private Animal Unit Month leases or fire on federally managed land. Qualifying fires are those occurring on rangeland managed by a federal agency and the producer is prohibited by the federal agency from grazing the normal permitted livestock on the managed rangeland due to the fire.

Livestock producers with grazing land in these counties can apply for 2018 LFP drought relief on small grain, native pasture, improved pasture, annual ryegrass and forage sorghum that is produced on dryland acres and used for grazing. Irrigated acres used for grazing or aftermath grazing are not eligible under this program.

Eligible livestock include alpacas, beef cattle (over 500 pounds), buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, reindeer or sheep that have been or would have been grazing the eligible grazing land or pastureland during the normal grazing period. Eligible livestock must be maintained as part of the producer’s commercial farming operation.

Applicants should collect records documenting their losses. Supporting documentation includes information on grazing leases or federal grazing permits and contract grower agreements.

Note that 2018 acreage reports are required to be filed for all eligible land no later than the final reporting date of Nov. 15, 2018. Acreage reports filed after that date will not be accepted which will result in ineligibility for the 2018 LFP program.

For more information about LFP and eligibility requirements, contact the Flathead/Lincoln FSA Office in Kalispell at (406) 752-4242, ext. 2, or the Sanders FSA Office in Plains at (406) 826-3752. For more information on FSA disaster assistance programs or to find your local USDA Service Center visit https://www.farmers.gov/recover.

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