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Deadline approaches to apply for disaster relief

July 08, 2008

Colleen Cashell, executive director for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Washington County, has announced that livestock producers have until July 18 to enroll in the 2005 and/or 2007 Livestock Compensation Program. Signup began on Sept. 10, 2007, for the two years to provide aid to livestock producers who suffered eligible livestock feed losses between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 30, 2007, because of a natural disaster.

Washington County was declared eligible for this program due to drought losses in 2005 and heat and drought losses in 2007. Producers incurring a loss in more than one of the 2005 or 2007 calendar years must choose only one year for which they want to apply for benefits. The payment limitation for this program is $80,000 per person.

The following are among the types of livestock operations that are eligible for the program: dairy cattle, beef cattle, buffalo, beefalo, equine, poultry, elk, reindeer, sheep, goats, swine or deer. An eligible livestock operation must be commercially producing livestock as a business activity engaged in as a means of livelihood for profit and as part of a farming operation that grows its own livestock feed, including pasture.

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"The deadline to enroll in the 2005 - 2007 Livestock Compensation Program is rapidly approaching," Cashell said. "I encourage all eligible producers to enroll soon because signup ends on July 18."

More information about the program is available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov. For more information on FSA programs, visit your local USDA Service Center or the agency's Web site at www.fsa.usda.gov.

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