Disaster Assistance Available for Livestock Losses Pertaining to Heat Stress

Producers dealing with livestock losses due to heat stress may be eligible for disaster assistance.

The USDA Farm Service Agency administers a Livestock Indemnity Program for owners who have livestock deaths exceeding normal mortality caused by eligible adverse weather such as extreme heat stress. Producers who lost animals due to recent high temperatures are encouraged to contact their local Farm Service Agency to see if LIP has been approved for their county, and if their loss qualifies for reimbursement. The livestock owner must provide evidence that an eligible loss occurred, and was directly caused by extreme heat. Notice must be filed within 30 days of when the loss of livestock was first apparent to the producer.

Producers are urged to contact their county FSA office for details on eligibility and the documentation process.

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