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North Dakota FSA provides assistance for recent high temperature livestock losses

By Staff | Aug 22, 2011

Livestock producers who incur eligible livestock death losses due to the recent extreme heat and other adverse weather events may be eligible for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

“Producers who suffered eligible livestock losses due to adverse weather will be required to provide documentation of the livestock lost and documentation of losses due to normal mortality for the calendar year,” said Aaron Krauter, State Executive Director. “FSA staff can provide producers with a list of acceptable loss documentation that includes proof of death, producer records and verifiable inventory documentation.”

For livestock losses that occur in calendar year 2011, producers will have until the earlier of 30 days after the livestock loss is apparent or no later than October 31, 2011 to file a notice of loss with FSA. In addition, producers have until January 30, 2012, to apply for payment.

Adequate documentation must prove the death of eligible livestock occurred as a direct result of an eligible adverse weather event in the calendar year for which benefits are being requested. If adequate verifiable proof of death records documentation is not available, a livestock producer may provide reliable records, along with verifiable beginning and ending inventory, as proof of death.

Certifications of livestock deaths by third parties, who are not affiliated with the farming operation, may be accepted only if verifiable proof of death records or reliable proof of death records is not available. Verifiable beginning and ending inventory records are also required with such third party certifications.

LIP indemnity payments will be based on 75 percent of the fair market value of the livestock as determined by FSA.

Producers need to contact their local FSA County Offices to sign up for LIP. Producers can also learn more about LIP by visiting www.fsa.usda.gov.

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