Farm Talk

February 25, 2014

Livestock indemnity program retro-funded to Oct., 2011


Associated Press

Parsons, Kansas — USDA announced it will expedite the implementation of its livestock disaster assistance program and will begin accepting applications on or near April 15.

The 2014 Farm Bill makes the Livestock Indemnity Payments (LIP) a permanent program and provides retroactive authority to cover eligible livestock losses back to Oct. 1, 2011.

Sign-up will be at local FSA service centers. The $100 million program was reauthorized in 2008, but the program and its funding expired in October, 2011, leaving producers without payment for losses in over two years. The program allows livestock producers to receive indemnities for losses sustained in 2012 and 2013.

LIP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the Federal Government or protected by Federal law, including wolves and avian predators.

LIP payments are equal to 75 percent of the market value of the applicable livestock on the day before the date of death of the livestock as determined by the Secretary.

Additional details on the types of information required for an application will be provided as part of the sign-up announcement. Some eligibility restrictions may apply. Consult your local FSA office for details.

An eligible livestock owner must have legally owned the eligible livestock on the day the livestock death loss occurred.

Eligible livestock includes: beef cattle, dairy cattle, bison, poultry, sheep, swine, horses, and other livestock as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.

Eligible contract growers must be in possession of the eligible livestock at the time death occurred.

Livestock owners should record all pertinent information of livestock death losses due to adverse weather and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the Federal Government or protected by Federal law.

Documentation of the number and kind of livestock that have died, supplemented if possible by such items as:

•photographs or video records to document the loss, dated if possible

•purchase records, veterinarian records, production records, bank or other loan documents

•written contracts, records assembled for tax purposes, private insurance documents, and other similar reliable documents.

Additional information  is at fsa.usda.gov.