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Cattle Producers Have Until November 7 for Drought Assistance

Deadline for livestock drought aid extended.

Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Adrian Polansky has extended until November 7 the deadline for livestock owners in 24 counties to apply for a USDA-funded grant program to offset the impact of lost forage production, increased feed and water costs, and relocation expenses due to drought.

"I don't want any eligible livestock owner to be left out because he or she has been busy with harvest, so I am extending the deadline to apply by a week," Polansky said in a statement earlier this week.

Applications must be postmarked by November 7 for livestock owners to be eligible to share in the $948,511 awarded to Kansas for the grant program. The USDA-funded grant is to help livestock producers in drought-plagued areas of the country who have suffered forage production losses, increased feed and water costs, or livestock relocation expenses.

Livestock owners in 24 Kansas counties that reached extreme (D3) or exceptional (D4) drought status on the U.S. Drought Monitor between March 7 and August 31, 2006, are eligible to participate in the program. Those counties are Bourbon, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Clark, Comanche, Crawford, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Kearny, Labette, Meade, Morton, Rawlins, Scott, Seward, Stanton, Stevens, Wallace and Wichita.

Eligible livestock includes mature beef cattle, sheep, goats and other mature livestock on forage between March 7 and May 1, 2006. Mature animals include livestock kept for breeding purposes that have birthed or are at least 2 years old for cattle and 1 year old for sheet and goats that have not been neutered. Other mature animals on forage, such as horses, bison and llamas, also are eligible for the program.

Livestock owners in eligible counties who did not receive a grant application and a letter about the grant program from the Department of Agriculture may obtain them from their local Farm Service Agency or County Extension office. The documents also are available on the Kansas Department of Agriculture website at  

The amount of aid a livestock owner may receive cannot exceed the amount of actual losses as a result of drought in 2006, nor can it exceed $10,000.

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