Brown Alerts Ohioans of Looming Deadline for Livestock Disaster Relief

Critical USDA Resources Allow Ohio Producers to Reclaim Livestock Lost Through Natural Disaster

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) alerts Ohioans of the approaching deadline for federal funding through the Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) to replace livestock that were lost due to adverse weather conditions. Agricultural producers in Ohio can apply to participate in the U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture (USDA) Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) through October 1.

“This program will help Ohio livestock producers who have suffered losses due to conditions beyond their control,” Brown said. “Giving livestock producers a hand when they need it most strengthens Ohio’s agricultural sector, which will keep jobs in our state and support small towns and rural communities.”

Livestock losses must be reported no later than 60 days after the adverse weather event and adequate documentation is required to show the loss occurred because of an adverse weather event, which includes hurricanes, floods, blizzards, disease, extreme heat and extreme cold. All incidents must have been on or after January 1, 2011 and before October 1, 2011. Livestock losses that occurred during the 2011calendar year must notify FSA and apply for payment no later than October 31. If interested producers should contact their local FSA office. For more information about LIP, click here.

According to the FSA Web site, LIP indemnity payments will be based on 75 percent of the fair market value of the livestock as determined by FSA.

 ###

Press Contact

202-224-3978