Swain/Jackson County U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Becky Williamson reminds livestock producers who suffered grazing losses that occurred throughout 2016 due to drought or wildfire to report their losses and to enroll in the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) by Jan. 30, 2017.
LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately-owned or cash-leased land or fire on federally-managed land. Producers in Swain and Jackson Counties are eligible to apply for 2016 LFP benefits on small grain, native pasture, improved pasture, annual ryegrass or forage sorghum. Livestock producers are encouraged to contact the Swain/Jackson County FSA Office with any questions regarding specific forage crops that are eligible.
“Prolonged drought or wildfire conditions have created a need for livestock disaster assistance programs in Swain and Jackson Counties,” said Williamson. “I encourage all affected livestock producers to contact the Swain/Jackson County FSA Office to schedule an appointment to enroll in the program before the Jan. 30 deadline.”
Livestock producers must complete the LFP application and required supporting documentation no later than Jan. 30, 2017, for losses that occurred throughout 2016. Producers who already have appointments scheduled require no additional action to meet the deadline.
Eligible livestock includes alpacas, beef cattle, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep or swine that have been or would have been grazing the eligible grazing land or pastureland.
Visit www.usda.gov/disaster to learn more about FSA disaster assistance programs or contact the Swain/Jackson County FSA Office at 828-488-2684 Ext.2 or 828-524-3175 Ext.2. To find a local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.
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