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Farm Service Agency will pay 1, 3, 4 or 5 times the base rate depending upon the severity
of the drought in a given area. Every Arkansas county was affected in 2012. (Image
courtesy Farm Service Agency)
September 5, 2014
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Livestock producers who lost money due to droughts or fires between
October 2011 and 2013 could be eligible to receive recovery assistance money through
the Livestock Forage Disaster Assistance Program.
However, producers should hurry to file a claim as congressional budget cuts will
reduce the amount of money paid to producers after Sept. 30, said David Fernandez,
Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist, at the University of Arkansas
at Pine Bluff.
Even if farmers cannot complete the paperwork before the deadline, simply registering
for the program will preserve eligibility for full payment under the current funding
plan, he said.
In the past, producers and ranchers would have had to applied for the Noninsured Crop
Disaster Assistance Program to be eligible for assistance, but the 2014 Farm Bill
eliminated that restriction, Fernandez said.
Livestock producers can register at their local Farm Service Agency, or FSA, office
or online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/disaster-register. Once registered, the county FSA office will contact you to complete the application,
which must be completed by Jan. 30, 2015.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Program offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any
other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
By Carol Sanders, writer/editorUAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences(870) email@example.com