Farm Service Agency is taking applications through January 30, 2015 for grazing losses that occurred in 2012 and 2013. Clark and Scotland Counties suffered severe and extreme drought during those years, specifically during the normal grazing periods.
Eligible livestock includes: adult beef and dairy cows/bulls, non-adult beef and dairy cows weighing over 500 pounds on designated disaster date, sheep, goats, and swine. Livestock NOT eligible include livestock produced or maintained for reasons other than commercial use as part of a farming operation, including but not limited to, livestock produced or maintained for recreational purposes, such as: consumption by owner, hunting, used as pets, pleasure, roping, show.
Eligible producers must have had risk in the livestock (owned, cash or share lease, or be a contract grower) during the 60 days prior to the beginning of a qualifying drought. The producer must also provide (and have risk in) pasture land for the livestock, including cash-leased.
Clark and Scotland Counties had a qualifying disaster declaration for 2012 on July 24. When applying for 2012, producers must certify the number head of eligible livestock they had on July 24, 2012. Non-adult cattle weighing less than 500 pounds on July 24, 2012 are NOT eligible. The livestock must have been owned, cash or share leased anytime 60 days prior to July 24. Contract growers must provide contract for County Committee to review for eligibility.
The qualifying disaster declaration for 2013 was on September 3. Like 2012, producers must certify the number of eligible livestock they had on September 3, 2013. Non-adult cattle weighing less than 500 pounds on September 3, 2013 are NOT eligible.
Applicants are not required to provide proof of livestock numbers at time of application. However, the records need to be available for the next 3 years in case the application is pulled for spot check.
Producers must provide a signed cash lease for rented pasture or the FSA office will have a form that all owners of the farm must sign to verify the lease.
Farms that do not have an acreage report filed for 2012 and/or 2013 must do so as part of application. Carrying capacities will be determined according to type of grazing land owned and/or leased.
Livestock producers may contact their county Farm Service Agency office for more information. The Scotland County office in Memphis is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is: (660) 465-8517. The Clark County FSA office in Kahoka is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is: (660) 727-3364. Appointments are available but are not required.
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