FSA MAKES CHANGE TO LIVESTOCK INDEMNITY PROGRAM
Courtesy of kla.org
Ranchers who have lost livestock to disease resulting from a weather disaster now have an additional way to become eligible for the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). This change by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) authorizes local county committees to accept veterinary certifications that livestock deaths were directly related to adverse weather and unpreventable through good animal husbandry and management. FSA committees may then use this certification to allow eligibility for producers on a case-by-case basis for LIP.
LIP provides benefits to producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather, disease or attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government. Eligible weather events include earthquakes, hail, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, blizzards and flooding.
Producers interested in LIP or other USDA disaster assistance programs should contact their local FSA office.