The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds area livestock producers that they may be eligible for grazing loss financial assistance due to the ongoing drought through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program.
36 Iowa counties have met drought severity levels for LFP eligibility for the 2022 program year, including Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Ida, O’Brien, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, and Sac.
The Livestock Forage Program provides payments to eligible livestock producers and contract growers who also produce forage crops for grazing and suffered losses due to qualifying drought or fire during the normal grazing period. Producers are encouraged to gather and submit records documenting 2022 losses.
The deadline to apply is January 30th of next year. LFP is part of a broader set of disaster assistance available through the USDA.