FSA Sign Ups
Thanks KayDee. Local Farm Service Agencies are seeing a bit of an uptick thanks to the recent farm bill. Darcy Sexton with the FSA office in Pendleton explains.
SEXTON: When the farm bill passed here just recently they extended the livestock disaster programs that were created in 2008 and two of those programs that I think really are beneficial to Eastern Oregon livestock producers
Sexton talks about the LIP or Livestock Indemnity Program.
SEXTON: And that program pays for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality if the death is caused by adverse weather. Or also attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government that are protected by federal law. That would include eagles and wolves for example. That program pays the equivalent of 75% of the value of an animal on the day that they die. So different years have different values and we have different weight classes.
She talks about the Livestock Forage Disaster Program.
SEXTON: The LFP provides compensation to cattle ranchers and other livestock producers who suffer grazing losses due to drought or fire if the fire is on federally managed lands like BLM or forest service permits. The payment on LFP for drought is equal to 60% of the monthly feed costs for up to five months.
Sexton recommends contacting your local FSA office to find out if you are eligible. I'm Greg Martin and that's today's AgriBeef Minute.
Thanks Greg. Don't forget Greg will be back each Wednesday with the AgriBeef Minute. Agri Beef Co - Real Families, Great People, Exceptional Beef. I'm KayDee Gilkey.