Trempealeau County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Julie Dokkestul announced that producers who suffered qualifying livestock losses due to the recent blizzard could be eligible for the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).
“LIP provides livestock producers with a vital safety net to help them overcome the damaging financial impact of natural disasters,” said Dokkestul.
LIP compensates livestock owners and contract growers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to an eligible adverse weather event, including losses due to wildfires, hurricanes, floods, blizzards, disease, extreme heat and extreme cold.
“A notice of loss must be filed with FSA within 30 days of when the loss of livestock is apparent,” said Dokkestul. “Livestock that die within 60 days of the date of the eligible loss condition may be considered eligible for loss benefits if the animal died because of the eligible loss condition. Producers must also file an application for payment no later than 90 days after the calendar year in which the eligible loss condition occurred.”
The LIP national payment rate for eligible livestock owners is based on 75 percent of the average fair market value of the livestock.
Earlier this year, Congress eliminated a payment cap for LIP of $125,000 per year. The amendment was part of the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act.
“When livestock losses become apparent and producers work to dispose of deceased animals, it’s particularly important to document these losses prior to or during the disposal process,” said Dokkestul.
Producers are encouraged to bring supporting evidence, including documentation of the number and kind of livestock that died, supplemented if possible by photographs or video records to document the loss, purchase records, veterinarian records, production records and other similar documents.
Because FSA anticipates high disaster assistance program participation, the Farm Service Agency encourages farmers and ranchers to contact the Trempealeau County FSA Office at 715-538-4396 to schedule an appointment to submit a notice of loss and application for payment.
For more information on LIP, please visit FSA online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.