Huron, SD), June 26, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Jamie White today announced that ranchers and livestock producers may be eligible for assistance from the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for grazing losses incurred in 2017.

South Dakota Counties Livestock Producers May Be Eligible for 2017 Drought-Disaster Assistance

Huron, SD), June 26, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Jamie White today announced that ranchers and livestock producers may be eligible for assistance from the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for grazing losses incurred in 2017.

According to Acting SED Jamie White, “Campbell, Dewey, Edmunds, McPherson, Potter, and Walworth Counties recently met qualifying drought ratings that ‘trigger’ eligibility for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program on full season improved pasture, warm season improved pasture, cool season improved pasture, native pasture, sorghum forage, short season small grains, long season small grains, annual crabgrass and annual ryegrass.”

LFP provides compensation to livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire. For losses due to drought, qualifying drought ratings are determined using the U.S. Drought Monitor located at http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/.

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.

Eligible livestock include alpacas, beef cattle, 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.

Applications are required for 2017 losses, must be filed by January 31, 2018. Producers who experienced losses in 2017 are encouraged to collect records documenting their losses. Supporting documents may include information related to grazing leases or federal grazing permits, contract grower agreements and more.

“We encourage producers to contact their local office for an appointment and to learn what records are required to apply for assistance,” said Acting State Executive Director Jamie White.

For more information, contact your local FSA office. Information can also be obtained online at disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

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