End Rows for April 29, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) qualifying drought conditions

The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) covers grazing losses for covered livestock on land that is native or improved pasture with a permanent vegetative cover, or is planted specifically for grazing.

The grazing losses must be due to a qualifying drought condition during the normal grazing period for the county.

Eligible livestock must have been owned, purchased, or entered into a contract to purchase during the 60 days prior to the beginning date of the qualifying drought.

If applying for LFP in Saline County for the 2012 drought, you will need to provide your inventory of livestock as of May 2012.

If applying for LFP in Saline County for the 2013 drought, you will need to provide your inventory of livestock as of July 2013.

Eligible livestock include alpacas, beef cattle, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep or swine.

In summary, to be eligible for LFP, producers must:

-- Own livestock during the 60 days before the qualifying drought -- May 2012 or July 2013

-- Provide pasture or grazing land for covered livestock

-- Certify to suffering a grazing loss due to the qualifying drought

Soybean checkoff program request for referendum

USDA has announced that a Soybean Checkoff Program request for referendum will be held May 5 through May 30 in county FSA offices.

The Soybean Checkoff Program requires that a request for referendum be held every five years following the initial referendum. The previous request for referendum was held in 2009.

Only eligible soybean producers wishing to request a referendum on the order participate. Those producers who do not want a referendum on the order would not participate.

Participating in the request of referendum is voluntary.

Eligible producers participating in the request for referendum must certify that they or the entity they represent paid an assessment at some time between January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2013.

USDA would conduct a referendum only if at least 10 percent of all eligible soybean producers, no more than one-fifth of which may be soybean producers in any one state, requested a referendum.

This action would amend the procedures to request a referendum by removing the specific number of producers eligible to request a referendum.

The number of producers eligible to request a referendum would be replaced with language that allows the Secretary of Agriculture to update this number based on information provided by FSA.

For the purposes of the 2014 Soybean Request for Referendum, the number of eligible soybean producers identified through FSA soybean acreage reports for crop years 2011 and 2012 is 569,998.

Additionally, this rule would replace specific USDA and FSA web site and office addresses with more flexible language.

The 70-member United Soybean Board, authorized by the Act, administers a coordinated soybean promotion and research program designed to expand uses of soybeans and soybean products in domestic and foreign markets.