Additional Counties in Colorado are eligible for the 2011 Livestock Disaster Assistance

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07/11/2011 05:07 PM EDT

For Immediate Release
July 11, 2011

Contact:
Trudy Kareus, 720.544.2876


Additional Counties in Colorado are eligible for the 2011 Livestock Disaster Assistance


(DENVER, CO), July 11, 2011 - USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Trudy Kareus reminds eligible ranchers and livestock producers of the Jan. 30, 2012 deadline for applying for benefits under the provisions of the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for losses incurred during the 2011 crop year.

The following counties met the LFP trigger requirements for one or more of the following; small grains, native and improved grasses:

Alamosa

Baca

Bent

Conejos

Costilla

Crowley

Custer

Douglas

El Paso

Fremont

Huerfano

Jefferson

Kiowa

Las Animas

Lincoln

Otero

Park

Prowers

Pueblo

Rio Grande

Saguache

Teller


LFP provides payments to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock grazing losses due to qualifying drought or fire. 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. For losses due to drought, qualifying drought ratings are determined using the U.S. Drought Monitor located at http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html.

"It is imperative that livestock producers meet this deadline for disaster assistance as there are no late file provisions for LFP," said Kareus. "To ensure a smooth application process, producers should have all required supporting documentation with them at the time they visit our office to apply for benefits," she said.

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.

For more information, county eligibility questions or to apply for LFP and other USDA Farm Service Agency disaster assistance programs, please contact your local FSA office. Information can also be obtained on line at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

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