Livestock producers who sustained disaster losses urged to file application for relief before Oct. 1

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date.
Livestock producers who have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits, but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency office should do so as soon as possible.
The office in Ray County is at 500 Wollard Blvd., Richmond 64085. The phone contact is 816-776-5861.
The Budget Control Act passed by Congress in 2011 requires USDA to implement reductions of 7.3 percent to the Livestock Forage Disaster Program in the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2014.
However, producers seeking LFP support who have scheduled appointments with their local FSA office before Oct. 1, even if the appointment occurs after Oct.1, will not see reductions in the amount of disaster relief they receive.
USDA is encouraging producers to register, request an appointment or begin a Livestock Forage Disaster Program application with their county FSA office before Oct. 1, 2014, to lock in the current zero percent sequestration rate.
As an additional aid to qualified producers applying for LFP, the Farm Service’s Agency has developed an online registration that enables farmers and ranchers to put their names on an electronic list before the deadline to avoid reductions in their disaster assistance.
This is an alternative to visiting or contacting the county office. To place a name on the Livestock Forage Disaster Program list online, visit
Producers who already contacted the county office and have an appointment scheduled need do nothing more.

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