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Livestock heat loss benefits now available

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on April 2, 2008 1:45 PM

The U.S. government has started a new program for livestock owners who suffered losses in livestock due to excessive heat last year.

Administered through the Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, the Livestock Indemnity Program provides benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths caused by excessive heat between Jan.1 and Dec. 31, 2007.

To be eligible, an owner or contract grower's livestock must have been located in Wayne County or a county designated as a natural disaster by the president or declared by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Livestock producers must have legally owned the eligible livestock on the day the livestock died to be eligible. Contract growers must have had a written agreement with the livestock owner setting the specific terms, conditions and obligations of the parties.

The applicant must provide adequate proof of inventory, copy of growers' contract, evidence of loss, physical location of livestock at time of death, mortality records, purchase records, veterinarians' records, bank or other loan papers, private insurance records and similar documents.

For information, call Rick Tharrington at 734-5281 in the Wayne County Farm Service Agency office.