The "Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008" authorized the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) to provide benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather that occurred on or after Jan. 1, 2008, and before Oct. 1, 2011, including losses because of hurricanes, floods, blizzards, disease, wildfires, extreme heat, and extreme cold. The livestock death losses must also have occurred in the calendar year for which benefits are being requested.
LIP provisions are similar to other livestock indemnity programs implemented by FSA in recent years except that an owner or contract grower’s livestock do not have to be located in a county or contiguous county designated a natural disaster by the president or declared by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Under the current LIP, an owner or contract grower’s livestock payments will be based on individual producers’ losses.
Eligible Livestock Owners
To be eligible for LIP, a livestock producer must have legally owned the eligible livestock on the day the livestock died. Owners of the following types of livestock that were maintained for commercial use as part of a farming operation the day they died may be eligible for LIP: Cattle (beef & dairy), Buffalo/Beefalo, Chicken, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys, Hogs, Alpacas, Emus, Sheep, and Goats.
For More Information
For more information about FSA and its programs, visit your local USDA Service Center or online at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov.