Jerauld County livestock producers may be eligible for 2017 Drought Disaster Assistance

Woonsocket, July 27 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Kathy Torres in Jerauld County has announced that ranchers and livestock producers may be eligible for assistance from the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for grazing losses incurred in 2017.
According to Torres, “Jerauld County recently met qualifying drought ratings that ‘trigger’ eligibility for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program on full season improved pasture, warm season improved pasture, cool season improved pasture, native pasture, sorghum forage, short season small grains, long season small grains, annual crabgrass and annual ryegrass.”
LFP provides compensation to livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire. For losses due to drought, qualifying drought ratings are determined using the U.S. Drought Monitor located at http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/.
Qualifying fires are those occurring on rangeland managed by a federal agency and the producer is prohibited by the federal agency from grazing the normal permitted livestock on the managed rangeland due to the fire.
Eligible livestock include 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 during the normal grazing period.
Applications are required for 2017 losses. To expedite applications, producers who experienced losses in 2017 are encouraged to collect records documenting their losses. Supporting documents may include information related to grazing leases or federal grazing permits, contract grower agreements and more.
“We encourage producers to contact our office for an appointment and to learn what records are required to apply for assistance,” said Torres.
For more information, contact the Sanborn/Jerauld County FSA office at 605-796-4476. Information can also be obtained online at disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

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