Monday, 25 January 2010

CATCH THE BUZZ- Disaster Program Signup Deadline


Disaster Program Sign-Ups Due January 30


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Eligible livestock producers have until January 30 to submit applications for eligible livestock grazing losses that occurred due to drought or fire on or after January 1, 2008, and before October 1, 2011, according to the Livestock Forage Disaster Program. Wisconsin Farm Service Agency Director Brad Pfaff says all crops intended for grazing need to have crop insurance coverage or Noninsured Assistance Program coverage for the crop year that the benefits are requested.

"Producers considered limited resource, socially disadvantage or beginning farmers are exempt from the insurance requirement," Pfaff said.
The monthly payment rate will be an amount equal to 60 percent of the lesser of the monthly feed cost for all covered livestock, using a feed grain equivalent. The FSA also notes that losses due to drought must occur during the normal grazing period for the specific type of grazing land.

Meanwhile, eligible producers with livestock, forage, honey bees, or farm-raised fish losses due to disease, adverse weather, or other conditions between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009, will also have until January 30 to submit an application for payment for 2009 losses for the Farm-Raised Fish Program and the Livestock Indemnity Program. Adequate documentation must prove the loss occurred as a direct result of an eligible adverse weather event in the calendar year for which benefits are being requested.

Producers should contact their local FSA county offices with any questions about any of the programs.

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