Livestock losses due to extreme heat conditions and other events may be eligible for indemnity payments, according to the Farm Services Agency (FSA).
The FSA has a Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) under the 2008 Farm Bill. LIP provides benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather that occurred between January 2008 and Oct. 1, 2011. The program includes losses due to hurricanes, floods, blizzards, disease, wildfires, extreme heat and extreme cold.
Producers need to contact their local FSA office of losses within 30 days after the loss for partial reimbursement of their losses. The reimbursement amount for those eligible for LIP is based on market value and weight of livestock.
FSA stresses that it is important that producers with any losses contact their local FSA office as soon as possible to recover some of their losses, as there will be many producers across the country facing similar situations.
For additional information including eligibility requirements, review the fact sheet entitled Livestock Indemnity Program on the FSA Web site, http://www.fsa.usda.gov.