USDA opens Livestock Forage Disaster Program for Aitkin/Itasca, Cass/Crow Wing County
By Paul Vold firstname.lastname@example.org (8/16/21)
(Baxter, MN) — The US Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency for Aitkin, Itasca Cass and Crow Wing County announced this past week that ranchers and livestock producers can apply for assistance from the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for grazing losses incurred this year.
The program covers full season improved pasture, native pasture, and forage sorghum; and for losses due to drought, an eligible livestock producer must own or lease grazing land or pastureland physically located in a county meeting drought intensity criteria by the US Drought Monitor.
Eligible livestock include alpacas, beef cattle, buffalo/bison, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, reindeer or sheep that have been or would have been grazing the eligible grazing land or pastureland during the normal grazing period.
Producers must provide a completed application and supporting documents to their FSA office within 30 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the grazing loss occurred. For more information, contact the Aitkin/Itasca and Cass/Crow Wing County FSA office at 218-829-5965 or visit www.farmers.gov/recover.