LIP provides assistance to eligible producers
BELOIT – According to Mitchell County Farm Service Agency Executive Director Jamie Powell, "We have had some extreme weather conditions, just as spring calves areborn. The weather is causing issues for many livestock producers and in some cases resulting in livestock losses."
FSA’s Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) may be able to help. LIP provides assistance to eligible producers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including losses due to floods, blizzards, or extreme cold. Producers should immediately document known livestock lossesto maintain eligibility for possible compensation.
Eligible losses are recorded and compensated by calendar year. The 2019 loss year began Jan. 1 and ends Dec. 31, 2019. A notice of loss must be filed with FSA within 30 days of when the loss of livestock is apparent.
Participants must file a complete application for payment and provide supporting documentation to their local FSA office. There are two types of documentation needed, first, there must be a record of the death loss. This could be rendering truck receipts, vet bills or pictures that are dated. Second there must be documentation of the total inventory of that type and weight range of livestock. This could be lending balance sheets, vet records, inventory records for tax
There are new provisions in the new farm bill that we don’t have procedures for, but what is important is that a notice of death loss must be filed within 30 days or it isn’t an eligible loss for payment.
"Spring is hopefully on its way, and now is a good time to seed grass," said Powell. "The recommended winter/spring seeding window for cool season grass such as brome is between Dec. 1 and April 15. With that in mind, it is a good idea to check any grassed waterways for damage. Gullies in waterways should be repaired and reseeded before the damage gets worse.
The Mitchell County Conservation District and NRCS will be convening a Local Work Group Meeting on March
26. The Local Work Group provides input to NRCS on Federal programs. Anyone can be a member of the Local Work Group. If you are interested in being a Local Work Group member, please contact Terri at the conservation district office, 785 738-5172.