Glenn Schafer, USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director, reminds livestock producers affected by natural disasters such as the recent winter and spring storms to keep thorough records of their livestock losses.
FSA recommends that producers record all pertinent information of natural disaster consequences, including documentation of the number and kind of livestock that have died, supplemented by photographs or video records of ownership and losses; dates of death supported by birth records or purchase receipts; and rendering truck receipts documenting livestock kind, type, and weight. Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA offices to obtain more information regarding documenting livestock losses.
Acting SED Schafer also reminds producers that although funding has not been appropriated for the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP); the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP); and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP) program, it is critical that livestock producers document their losses in the event funding becomes available at a later date.
For more information about the programs administered by FSA, visit any FSA county office or www.fsa.usda.gov.