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Walthall livestock producers are eligible for Livestock Forage Program

Livestock producers in several Mississippi Counties are faced with challenging times as a portion of our state now suffers from extreme drought conditions. During such times, livestock producers often are forced to provide supplemental feed because of the lack of available forage, or they are forced to reduce their herd size due to increased feeding cost at time the livestock would have primarily relied on forage.
I’m happy to announce that eligible livestock producers in Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Forest, Franklin, George, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Jefferson, Jeff-Davis, Lamar, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pearl River, Pike, Rankin, Simpson, Stone, Walthall, and Wilkinson are now eligible to apply for the 2023 Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) benefits on native pasture and improved pasture due to having reached severe drought conditions during the normal grazing period. LFP provides compensation to livestock producers who suffer grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately owned or cash leased land. The grazed land must have been physically located in a county affected by a qualifying drought during the normal grazing period for the specific forage crop acreage.
To apply, applicants must complete a CCC-853 (Livestock Forage Program Application) and submit required supporting documentation to their local Administrative FSA County Office no later than January 30, 2024, for 2023 losses. A complete application includes, but is not limited to, an acceptable acreage report, a complete CCC-853, deeds, a valid lease [the lease must cover the grazing period of the affected grazed crop) or CCC-855 (Annual lease certification)] and a grower’s contracts, if applicable.
You will need to provide the County Office your livestock inventory numbers. Be sure to use the chart below to report your inventory for cattle:
Note: The number of livestock in inventory will be based on your inventory on date of the qualifying drought. Mitigated livestock is defined as livestock that were sold within 60 days of the qualifying drought solely because of the drought.
You should report the total number, regardless of type and weight range, in inventory for all other eligible livestock on date of the qualifying drought. Please refer to the LFP Fact Sheet for the complete list of eligible livestock and to learn more about the program.
Please note that Counties may only accept LFP applications after authorization is given by the National Office through their FSA State Office.

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