“It is imperative that producers meet the deadline for disaster assistance as there are no late file provisions for LFP and ELAP,” said Robert Garcia, executive director of the Refugio/Goliad County USDA Farm Service Agancy. “To ensure a smooth application process, producers should have all required supporting documentation with them at the time they apply for benefits,” he said.
The programs are for eligible ranchers and livestock producers who had livestock losses or grazing losses during the 2011 crop year.
Livestock Forage Disaster Program
LFP provides payments to eligible livestock producers who have suffered livestock grazing losses due to qualifying drought or fire that occurred before Oct. 1, 2011. Fire losses apply only to federally managed rangeland. Eligible livestock under LFP include beef cattle, alpacas, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep and swine.
During the 2011 crop year, all Texas counties met the LFP trigger requirements for a three-month payment for native pasture, improved pasture and forage sorghum. Eligible ranchers and livestock producers have until Jan. 30, 2012, to apply for LFP benefits.
For more information, please contact the Refugio/Goliad County USDA Service Center at 361-526-2392 x2. Information can also be obtained on line at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.