The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) offers payments to eligible livestock producers with eligible livestock. It also offers payment to producers of grazed forage crop acreage. The payments help with grazing losses suffered on native or improved pastureland. It can be land with permanent or planted grazing cover.
Producers must apply for payment and submit required supporting documents to their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office within 30 calendar days after the calendar year end of the loss year. The Grant County FSA office is currently accepting LFP applications.
The FSA will calculate payments equal to one, three, four, or five times the LFP monthly payment rate. The payment rate for drought is equal to 60 percent of the lessor of the monthly feed cost.
FSA calculates this by using the normal carrying capacity of the grazing land. Because Grant County was in at least the D2 (Severe Drought) status on the Drought Monitor for at least eight consecutive weeks, livestock producers can get assistance payments equal to one month.
USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointments. Service center customers are required to call to schedule an appointment. More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.
Questions? Need to make an appointment? Call the Grant County FSA office at 605.432.6570, extension number 2.