Lincoln, NE, July 16, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Dan Steinkruger, reminds livestock producers that FSA provides assistance for livestock losses above normal mortality due to an adverse weather condition through the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). Adverse weather events include losses due to floods, blizzards, disease, wildfires, extreme heat, and extreme cold.

USDA FSA Assistance Available to Eligible Livestock Producers for Livestock Losses Due to Extreme Heat

Contact:
Dan Steinkruger, State Executive Director, at (402) 437-5581
or dan.steinkruger@ne.usda.gov
FSA Website: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/ne

Lincoln, NE, July 16, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Dan Steinkruger, reminds livestock producers that FSA provides assistance for livestock losses above normal mortality due to an adverse weather condition through the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). Adverse weather events include losses due to floods, blizzards, disease, wildfires, extreme heat, and extreme cold.

“Producers have been reporting death losses due to the recent high temperatures and high humidity levels,” said Steinkruger. “These losses may qualify as an eligible LIP loss due to extreme heat. Documentation is required for both normal mortality and adverse weather event losses.”

The criteria for extreme heat for Nebraska requires a minimum of two consecutive days where the Temperature Humidity Index (THI) has reached an index score of 79 for at least one hour each day. The THI score indicates a “danger” level where death loss could be expected even with appropriate management actions and decisions. Information on determining the THI can be found in the University of Nebraska NebGuide G1409 titled “Managing Feedlot Heat Stress.”

The application process for LIP is a two-step process. Applicants must first file a notice of loss with FSA, the earlier of 30 calendar days of when the loss of livestock was apparent or 30 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the loss of livestock occurred. Livestock that dies within 60 days of the qualifying event may be considered eligible for loss benefits.

After filing a notice of loss, producers can file the application for payment. The application for payment must be filed no later than 30 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the loss of the livestock occurred. Supporting documentation is required with the application for payment for both normal mortality and adverse weather losses.

The LIP national payment rate for eligible livestock owners is based on 75 percent of the average fair market value of the livestock.

According to Steinkruger, “The requirement for supporting documentation for 2015 and future years is more restrictive than the requirement for 2012, 2013, and 2014 losses. Documentation for losses for 2012, 2013, and 2014 were less restrictive because the program was implemented retroactively.”

Verifiable documentation of livestock death losses, including normal mortality losses, must be provided. Verifiable records include but are not limited to, rendering truck receipts or certificates, veterinary records, records assembled for tax purposes, private insurance documents, written contracts, bank or other loan documents, and purchase records, etc.

If an applicant cannot provide verifiable documentation for both normal mortality and adverse weather event losses, then the applicant may provide reliable records as proof of death in conjunction with verifiable beginning and ending inventory records. Types of reliable records include contemporaneous producer records existing at the time of the event, pictures with a date, and brand inspection records, etc.

A third party certification may be used as proof of death in conjunction with verifiable beginning and ending inventories if verifiable and/or reliable records for proof of death are not available.

Producers who have suffered a loss due to extreme heat and/or another eligible adverse weather event should contact their local FSA Office. To find local offices, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

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