Ranchers and livestock producers in Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes have until Feb. 1 to apply for assistance in the Livestock Forage Disaster Program for grazing losses incurred in 2015.

The parishes met qualifying drought ratings that “trigger” eligibility for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program on improved and native pasture, a news release from the Tangipahoa/St. Helena/Livingston Farm Service Agency said.

The Livestock Forage Disaster Program provides compensation to livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire. For losses due to drought, qualifying drought ratings are determined using the U.S. Drought Monitor located at http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html.

Eligible livestock include 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 during the normal grazing period.

Applications are required for 2015 losses.

Producers should contact FSA for an appointment and to learn what records are required to apply for LFP assistance.

For more information, call the Tangipahoa/St. Helena/Livingston Parish FSA office at (985) 748-8751, ext. 139.

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