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Robin Reid Urges Producers to Sign up for the USDA's LFP Program to Receive Assistance During Drought
Tue, 31 May 2022 15:21:03 CDT
Given the drought producers have been faced with, and may continue to face in 2022, agricultural producers have the chance to receive a boost from the USDA"s Livestock Forage Disaster Program. Many producers are aware of this program, and some have already signed up for the benefits available. Ron Hays, Senior Farm and Ranch Broadcaster, features comments with Robin Reid, Kansas State University Ag Economist, about the specifics of this program offered through local Farm Service Agency offices.
Listen to Robin Reid Explain Benefits of the LFP Program for Producers
"This program isn"t new, but we are really wanting to bring it to the forefront this year as we have had a really dry fall and winter," Reid said. "We are getting a little precipitation now, but all producers can recognize, we don"t have the forage out there that we normally do at this time of year."
Even though we are just now entering the grazing season, Reid said many counties can qualify for the livestock forage disaster program and receive payment.
Because forage is going to be an issue this year, Reid says it is important that producers are aware of this program.
Producers in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, and New Mexico have a good chance of qualifying for the program. In Oklahoma, only the most eastern counties are not eligible.
"Once the county qualifies, it is also assigned a number of months," Reid said.
The payments, Reid said, currently range from one month to five months.
"What that refers to is looking at the U.S. drought monitor and what level of drought that county has experienced or is currently experiencing," Reid said. "Most of the counties for native pasture are actually in that 3 to a 4-month window, so that is either an extreme drought intensity of a D3 or exceptional drought of a D4."
Reid said there is a monthly payment based on the type of livestock you have on your pasture, and then that monthly payment gets multiplied by how many months that county is qualifying for.
For example, if a producer has a herd in drought country and they have already had three or four months of drought in 2022, the program will calculate what the producer is currently eligible, and once in the program, that producer will receive additional payments if the drought continues.
"As a producer, go into your Farm Service Agency office, and fill out an application," Reid said.
Producers will have to report their acreage and more, Reid said, so it is important to watch the deadlines.
"If your county, later on, has more extreme drought designation and there is additional payment, you will automatically get those," Reid said. "You don"t have to go in and reapply. There is no point in waiting and seeing if more extreme drought actually happens. Once you are in the program, if there are additional payments, you will automatically get them."
Reid said getting into the program is as simple as talking to your Farm Service Agency office, filling out an application, and allowing them to help calculate the payment.
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