“To ensure a smooth application process, producers should have all required supporting documentation with them at the time they visit the FSA office to apply for benefits including current grazing leases and livestock inventory,” he said. Please call for an appointment so time can be allocated to preparing your LFP application and reviewing documentation.
In order for an LFP applicant to qualify for program benefits, the applicant must have purchased insurance coverage through FSA’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) or the Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance-Rainfall Index for Grazing (PRF-RI) program offered through the Risk Management Agency (RMA).
Producers who meet the requirements of a socially disadvantaged, limited resource, or beginning farmers or ranchers, as defined in the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990, Section 2501 (e) (7 U.S.C. 2279(e)), do not have to meet this Risk Management Purchase Requirement (RMPR).
LFP program applicants should note that in addition to risk management provisions, certain payment limitation and adjusted gross income eligibility requirements must be met in order to qualify for livestock disaster program benefits.
Acreage reports designating applicable grazing acres are also required. The final acreage reporting date for perennial native and improved pastures and forage sorghums for grazing is June 15, 2011.
It is important to note; the deadline for applying for benefits under the provisions of the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for losses incurred during the 2011 crop year is January 30, 2012. “It is imperative that livestock producers timely file for disaster assistance as there are no late file provisions for LFP,” said Kelley.
Due to general lack of rainfall in Karnes County Dr Megan Dominguez, Extension Range Specialist and Dr Joe Paschal, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist will be at the Falls City Community Hall on June 7 to discuss drought management strategies available to area producers. Additionally, Grady Kelley of the USDA Farm Services Administration will also be available to discuss Federal programs available to producers during drought. 3 CEU’s will be offered, and there will be no charge for the program.
For more information, county eligibility questions or to apply for LFP and other USDA Farm Service Agency disaster assistance programs, please contact the Karnes County FSA office at 830-583-3224 to schedule an appointment. Information can also be obtained on line at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.