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Feds add W.Va. to livestock program

October 12, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia is among six states included in an expanded federal livestock program, allowing 11,000 cattle producers in the Mountain State to protect themselves against a drop in prices for a specific feeding or grazing period, Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass said.

Feeder cattle, fed cattle and swine are included in the program, and policies should be available this month, Douglass said.

"These programs will help West Virginia farmers better control their bottom lines from year to year," he said. They will help farmers develop farm plans guarding against catastrophic losses, he said.

West Virginia has been declared "underserved" by the USDA because there have been just a few crop insurance programs there that matched the agricultural mix, Douglass said.

The program sets the level of indemnity based on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange national feeder cattle price index.

For more information, or to apply for the program, contact your local Farm Service Agency office or visit www.rma.usda.gov.

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