FARGO - Ranchers and livestock producers may be eligible for assistance from the Livestock Forage Disaster (LFD) program for grazing losses incurred in 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has announced.
According to Brad Thykeson, the agency's state executive director, the following counties recently met qualifying drought ratings: Eddy, Foster, Nelson and Wells.
The program provides compensation to livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire. For losses due to drought, qualifying drought ratings are determined using the U.S. Drought Monitor located at droughtmonitor.unl.edu/.
Applications are required for 2018 losses. To expedite applications, qualified producers are encouraged to collect records documenting their losses, including information related to grazing leases or federal grazing permits, contract grower agreements and more. The deadline to apply is Jan. 30. For more information, contact the county FSA office. Information can also be found online at disaster.fsa.usda.gov.