Livestock producers eligible for disaster assistance
Livestock producers in North Dakota who lose animals to extreme weather conditions or flooding may be eligible for assistance through Farm Service Agency (FSA), according to FSA State Executive Director Aaron Krauter. The Livestock Indemnity Program makes payments to eligible producers for losses that are above normal mortality rates. “This winter has brought a lot of snow and some remarkably cold temperatures to the majority of the state, and we know there’s going to be some additional losses to the state’s livestock industry because of that,” Krauter said. “We want to make sure our producers are aware of the program before they need it to make the application process easier.” Producers that lose livestock due to extreme weather conditions or flooding must notify their local FSA office within 30 days of the loss, either in person, by phone, fax, e-mail, or through a letter to the office. Next, the producer must file an application for payment at the FSA office no later than 30 days after the end of the calendar year during which the loss occurred.
The application must include documentation that provides evidence of the loss, current physical location of the remaining livestock in inventory, and the location of the livestock at the time of loss. Acceptable documentation of loss may include purchase records, veterinarian records, bank or other loan documents, and rendering truck receipts, among others.
If a producer is unable to provide documentation of the loss, FSA will accept a third-party certification of the loss that outlines specific details of their knowledge of the livestock deaths, affi liation with the livestock owner, and the accuracy of the deaths claimed by the owner. Additional details about the Livestock Indemnity Program may be found online at www.fsa.usda.gov or by contacting a local FSA office.