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Childress and Hall counties
By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
MEMPHIS – Livestock producers who suffered grazing losses throughout 2020 due to drought can report their losses and enroll in the Livestock Forage Disaster Program.
The deadline to report losses is Jan. 30, 2021, according to Kathy Williams, executive director for Childress and Hall counties of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA).
The livestock disaster program provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately owned or cash leased land or fire on federally managed land.
Producers in Childress and Hall counties are eligible to apply for 2020 disaster program benefits on native pasture, improved pasture, annual ryegrass or forage sorghum, according to a release from the Childress County FSA office. Livestock producers are encouraged to contact the office for Childress or Hall counties with questions regarding specific forage crops that are eligible.
“Prolonged drought conditions have created a need for livestock disaster assistance programs in Childress and Hall counties,” Williams said. “I encourage all affected livestock producers to contact the Childress County or Hall County FSA Office to schedule an appointment to enroll in the program before the Jan. 30 deadline.”
Livestock producers must complete the LFP application and required supporting documentation before the deadline for losses that occurred throughout 2020. Eligible livestock includes alpacas, beef cattle, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep or swine that have been or would have been grazing the eligible grazing land or pastureland, the release stated.
Visit www.usda.gov/disaster to learn more about FSA disaster assistance programs or contact the Childress County FSA office at 940-937-8624 or Hall County FSA Office at 806-259-9579. Producers who already have appointments scheduled require no additional action to meet the deadline.
In a continuing effort to better serve the public, USDA has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other disaster-focused organizations to develop the central resource for disaster-related materials, according to the release. This knowledgebase is a collection of disaster-related resources that are powered by agents with subject-matter expertise. Visit the USDA Disaster Resource Center website to find additional USDA disaster information and assistance.