Recent storms and extreme heat have affected many livestock operations in the Grundy County area. In the event of losses experienced as a result of a natural disaster, eligible ranchers and livestock producers can apply for benefits through the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) administered by USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA).
LIP provides assistance to producers for livestock deaths that result from a natural disaster. USDA has established normal mortality rates for each type and weight range of eligible livestock. These established percentages reflect losses that are considered expected or typical under "normal" conditions. LIP compensates livestock owners and contract growers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather. Eligible losses must have occurred on or after Jan. 1, 2008, and before Oct. 1, 2011.
A notice of loss must be filed with FSA within 30 days of when the loss of livestock is apparent. Livestock that die within 60 days of the date of the qualifying event, but prior to Oct. 1, 2011 will be considered eligible for loss benefits.
Producers will be required to provide verifiable documentation of death losses resulting from an eligible adverse weather event.
After filing a notice of loss, livestock producers should file a LIP application as soon as possible to avoid a delay in processing and receipt of disaster assistance.
For more information on LIP, the LIP application process and other FSA programs, please contact the Grundy County FSA office at 319-824-5416 or visit FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov.