Pella Chronicle

Agriculture

August 5, 2011

Producers with death loss may be eligible for USDA program

Pella — Livestock producers who incur eligible livestock death losses due to the recent extreme temperatures and other adverse weather events may be eligible for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

“Extreme temperatures have impacted many of our livestock producers.  Those producers who have suffered eligible livestock losses should contact our offices to file a notice of loss.” said John R. Whitaker, State Executive Director for Iowa’s Farm Service Agency.

For 2011 calendar year livestock death losses, producers must provide a notice of loss on the FSA-914 form the earlier of the following:

-30 calendar days of when the loss of livestock was apparent to the producer

-October 31, 2011

Whitaker also said, “Producers who suffered eligible livestock losses due to adverse weather will be required to provide documentation of the livestock lost for the LIP Program.  FSA staff can provide producers with a list of acceptable loss documentation.”

Adequate documentation must prove the death of eligible livestock occurred as a direct result of an eligible adverse weather event in the calendar year for which benefits are being requested.  If adequate proof of death documentation is not available, certifications of livestock deaths by third parties, who are not affiliated with the farming operation, may be accepted.

LIP indemnity payments will be based on 75 percent of the fair market value of the livestock as determined by FSA.

Producers can contact their local FSA County Offices to sign up for LIP.  You can also learn more about LIP by visiting www.fsa.usda.gov.

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