Signup dates for the new livestock compensation program, livestock indemnity program and crop disaster program have been announced. Eligible livestock producers can apply to receive benefits under the livestock compensation and livestock indemnity programs starting Sept. 10.
Eligible farmers can sign-up for the crop disaster program beginning Oct. 15 if they suffered quantity losses to their crops. USDA will announce and conduct CDP sign-up for quality losses as soon as possible.
LCP compensates livestock producers for feed losses or and LIP for livestock losses occurring between Jan. 1, 2005, and Feb. 28, 2007, due to a natural disaster. Producers in primary counties declared secretarial disaster areas or certain counties declared presidential disaster areas between Jan. 1, 2005, and Feb. 28, 2007, are eligible as are producers located in counties contiguous to those counties.
Producers in a primary (or contiguous) county that received an Administrator’s Physical Loss Notice directly associated with a disaster declaration will also be eligible. Producers in Effingham, Bryan and Chatham counties are located within these eligible areas.
CDP provides benefits to farmers who suffered quantity and quality losses to 2005, 2006 or 2007 crops from natural disasters if the crop was planted before Feb. 28, or, in the case of prevented plantings, for crops that would have been planted before Feb. 28.
Producers who incurred qualifying losses in 2005, 2006 or 2007 must choose only one year to apply for benefits.
Producers may apply for benefits for losses to multiple commodities as long as the losses occurred in the same crop year. Only producers who obtained crop insurance coverage or coverage under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for the year of loss will be eligible for CDP benefits. Producers must have suffered quantity losses in excess of 35 percent to be eligible for CDP.
Contact the local FSA county office for more details. Effingham-Bryan-Chatham County FSA Office is located at 403 N Pine St. in Springfield.