Disaster Program Sign Up Begins April 15th
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today (Monday) that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs beginning Tuesday, April 15. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says these programs will provide long-awaited disaster relief for many livestock producers who have endured significant financial hardship from weather-related disasters while the programs were expired and awaiting Congressional action. The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011.