Announcement for Eastern Panhandle Livestock Producers from USDA – Farm Service Agency

Press Release received from USDA – Farm Service Agency

Due to the recent snow storm that struck the eastern panhandle, local USDA - Farm Service Agency Offices want to make sure that local livestock producers are aware of the availability of the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).  This program compensates commercial livestock producers who lost eligible animals as a result of an adverse weather event, such as this snow storm.  Payments up to 75% of the market value of the applicable livestock may be made. 

Producers must report the loss of livestock by the earlier of 30 calendar days of when the loss of livestock is apparent, or 30 days after the end of the calendar year in which the loss of livestock occurred.

Producers will also be required to provide proof of death documentation; proof of inventory and proof of normal mortality documentation. 

For additional details on the program producers should stop by the local offices or can contact the Berkeley-Morgan FSA Office at 304-263-7547 or the Jefferson County FSA Office at 304-725-3471.

In addition these offices are compiling a list of agricultural damages which occurred as a result of the recent snows for possibly implementing additional programs.  Call your local office with any reports of damage. 

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