Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R-SD) has introduced the “Livestock Disaster Protection Act,” which would provide a safety net for livestock producers.  The legislation would renew the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Livestock Forage Program (LFP), and the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP) for five years and would apply retroactively to cover losses in fiscal years 2012 and 2013.  Congresswoman Noem said, “The extreme weather we see across America – from drought to flood to freezes to the extreme heat – demonstrates the importance of providing a strong safety net.”  She plans to try and have the bill adopted as part of the House Agriculture Committee’s farm bill.   

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