Maximum grazing disaster relief deadline approaching

Carol Sanders | UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

DisasterReliefFBPINE 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. But, producers should hurry to file a claim as Congressional budget cuts will reduce the amount of money paid to producers after Sept. 30, says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program live 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, advises Dr. Fernandez.

In the past, producers and ranchers would have had to applied for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) to be eligible for assistance, but the 2014 Farm Bill eliminated that restriction, says Dr. Fernandez.

Livestock producers can register at their local Farm Service Agency (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.

Chart cutline – FSA 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.

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