The Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) made the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) a permanent program and provides retroactive authority to cover eligible grazing losses back to Oct. 1, 2011. LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses for covered livestock on land that is native or improved pastureland with permanent vegetative cover or is planted specifically for grazing. The grazing losses must be due to a qualifying drought condition during the normal grazing period for the county.
On July 24, 2012, Grundy County received a "D3" extreme drought designation according to the U.S. Drought Monitor severity rating. Since this occurred during the normal grazing period in 2012, the Grundy County Farm Service Agency (FSA) office is authorized to pay compensation to eligible producers for the LFP program retroactively for 2012. To qualify for assistance, eligible producers must have had eligible livestock and eligible land that was grazed by this livestock that was physically located in Grundy County on July 24, 2012.
Producers that suffered eligible grazing losses in 2012 must submit a completed CCC-853 Livestock Forage Disaster Program Application and supporting documentation by January 30, 2015. However, any payment made after September 30, 2014 will be subject to a 7.2% sequestration reduction so producers need to apply sooner rather than later if they do not wish to be subject to the sequestration reduction.
For more information and details or if you have questions concerning whether you are eligible, please contact the Grundy County FSA Office at 319-824-5416.