USDA LFP Covers Eligible Grazing Losses Due to Drought and Wildfire
Jan. 21, 2016 – Mason-Llano County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Randy Maenius reminds livestock producers who suffered grazing losses that occurred throughout 2015 due to drought or wildfire, and have not yet applied for the 2015 LFP, they have until Feb. 1, 2016, to report their losses and to enroll in the 2015 Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP).
LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately-owned or cash-leased land or fire on federally-managed land. Producers in Mason and Llano County are eligible to apply for 2015 LFP benefits on small grains, native pasture, improved pasture, or forage sorghum. Livestock producers are encouraged to contact the Mason-Llano County FSA Office with any questions regarding specific forage crops that are eligible.
"Prolonged drought or wildfire conditions have created a need for livestock disaster assistance programs in Mason and Llano County," said Randy Maenius, CED. "I encourage all affected livestock producers to contact the Mason-Llano County FSA Office to schedule an appointment to enroll in the program before the Feb. 1 deadline."
Livestock producers must complete the LFP application and required supporting documentation no later than Feb. 1, 2016, for losses that occurred throughout 2015. Producers who already have appointments scheduled require no additional action to meet the deadline.
Eligible livestock includes alpacas, beef cattle, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep or swine that have been or would have been grazing the eligible grazing land or pastureland.
For more information about LFP, contact the Mason-Llano County FSA Office at 325-347-5740 ext. 2. To find a local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov. Visit www.usda.gov/disaster to learn more about FSA disaster assistance programs.
To learn more about USDA’s disaster assistance programs, contact the Mason-Llano County USDA Service Center or visit the USDA Disaster Resource Center website. In a continuing effort to better serve the public, USDA partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other disaster-focused organizations to develop the central resource for disaster related materials. This knowledgebase is a collection of disaster-related resources that are powered by agents with subject-matter expertise. The new Disaster Resource Center website and web tool now provide an easy access point to find USDA disaster information and assistance.