Eligible ranchers and livestock producers can apply for benefits under the provisions of the Livestock Indemnity Program in the 2008 Farm Bill.
The program provides assistance to producers for livestock deaths that result from disaster. Using funds from the Agricultural Disaster Relief Trust Fund established under section 902 of the Trade Act of 1974, the program is administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency.
LIP compensates livestock owners and contract growers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including losses due to hurricanes, floods, blizzards, disease, wildfires, extreme heat and extreme cold. Eligible losses must be between Jan. 1, 2008, and Oct. 1, 2011.
For details on available supplemental disaster assistance programs, visit an FSA county office or www.fsa.usda.