Nueces County USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director Jeremy Hughes recently announced that all counties in Texas have met the Livestock Forage Disaster Program trigger requirements for a three-month payment for native pasture, improved pasture and forage sorghum.
Eligible ranchers and livestock producers have until Jan. 30 to apply for LFP benefits for losses incurred in 2011.
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, Hughes said. I encourage eligible producers to contact their local FSA office to learn more about eligibility requirements.
For more LFP information, please contact the Nueces County FSA office at (361) 387-2533. Information can also be obtained online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.