End Rows for Aug. 9, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Disaster assistance for livestock producers

If livestock producers experienced any heat-related livestock deaths, the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) may be able to help.

The program provides assistance for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality

If producers had livestock deaths that were caused directly by the extreme heat, they should file a notice of loss within 30 days

Supporting evidence is helpful

Pictures of the deceased livestock

Vet's statement regarding the cause of the loss

The applicant must have owned the livestock on the date of death and the livestock must be raised for commercial purposes -- animals used for recreation or hobby purposes are not eligible.

Total mortality is accumulated throughout the calendar year, so even if just one animal died due to the extreme heat, producers are still encouraged to file a notice of loss.

Not filing losses now could affect your eligibility if additional losses are experienced later in the year.

Additional supporting documentation may also be required including inventory, sales, and purchase records.

Applying for NAP assistance when a natural disaster strikes

Producers enrolled in Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, or NAP, must notify their county FSA office of any crop damage within 15 calendar days of the date the damage becomes apparent.

To receive NAP benefits, producers must complete Form CCC-576, Notice of Loss and Application for Payment.

Producers will be required to provide evidence of production and note whether the crop was marketable, unmarketable, salvaged or used differently than intended.

To receive a NAP payment, the crop loss must be greater than 50 percent.

Rural youth loans

FSA makes loans to rural youths to establish and operate income-producing projects in connection with 4-H clubs, FFA and other agricultural groups.

Projects must:

--be planned and operated with the help of the organization advisor,

--produce sufficient income to repay the loan,

--provide the youth with practical business and educational experience

Possible projects include:

--livestock and crop production,

--lawn and garden services,

--repair shops and roadside stands

The funds may be used to

--buy livestock, equipment, and supplies

--buy, rent, or repair needed tools and equipment

--pay operating expenses for the project

The maximum loan amount is $5,000.

Repayment terms will vary depending on the type of project involved.

For more information, contact your local FSA county office.