The Refugio/Goliad USDA Farm Service agency (FSA) remind eligible ranchers and livestock producers that Friday will be the last day to apply for benefits for losses incurred during 2009.
It is imperative that livestock producers meet these deadlines for disaster assistance as there are no late file provisions for LFP.
To insure a smooth application process, producers should have all required supporting documentation with them at the time they visit our office to apply for benefits.
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 (PRF) 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) and, therefore, are not required to have paid the buy-in fee.
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.
For more information or to apply for LFP and other USDA Farm Service Agency disaster assistance programs, please contact the Refugio/Goliad County FSA office at 361-526-2392 ext. 2. Information can also be obtained on line at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.