Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Ranchers who have suffered a loss on grazing land from the drought of 2015 may qualify for compensation through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), said Dr. Henry English, director of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
The rapidly approaching deadline is Jan. 30. Grazing losses must have occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011.
LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses due to a qualifying drought during the normal grazing period for their county.
To apply, ranchers must:
- Have a farm number
- Have certified their pastures by July 15, 2015, or if not certified, pay a $46 late fee
- If pasture is leased, have the signature from whom the pasture is leased
- Know the number of cattle (adult and non-adult on hand)
- Complete form CCC-853
Check with your local Farm Service Agency office to see if your county suffered a qualifying drought condition if you are interested in being compensated for grazing losses, advises Dr. English.