Southwest Missouri livestock producers may be eligible for benefits under Missouri Farm Service Agency's Livestock Forage Disaster Program for forage grazing losses incurred during 2011.
For 2011, livestock producers must provide a completed application for payment and required supporting documentation to their administrative FSA county office within 30 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the grazing loss occurred.
"LFP provides payments to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock grazing losses due to drought," explains Edward Hamill, executive director for Missouri FSA. "Producers must certify they have suffered a grazing loss because of this drought."
Eligible Missouri counties are Barry, Jasper, McDonald, Newton and Stone.
Qualifying drought ratings are determined using the U. S. Drought Monitor located at www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html. Eligible livestock under LFP include beef cattle, alpacas, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep and swine.
To be eligible, the applicant must have purchased insurance coverage through the USDA-FSA Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), purchased coverage through FCIC Rainfall Index Policies, or meet the waiver requirements as defined in the Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990, Section 2501 (e) (7 U.S.C. 2279(e)) to be a socially disadvantaged, limited resource, or beginning farmer or rancher.
LFP program applicants should note that in addition to the risk management provisions, certain payment limitations and adjusted gross income eligibility requirements must be met in order to qualify for livestock and forage disaster benefits.
For more information about FSA's disaster assistance programs, visit your local County USDA-FSA office, or the website, http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov