Bastrop – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Greg Tarver in Morehouse Parish today announced that ranchers and livestock producers may be eligible for assistance from the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for grazing losses incurred in 2018.

According to Tarver, “Morehouse Parish recently met qualifying drought ratings that ‘trigger’ eligibility for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program on annual ryegrass, cool season improved pasture and small grains.”

LFP provides compensation to livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses due to drought. For losses due to drought, qualifying drought ratings are determined using the U.S. Drought Monitor located at http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/.

For producers who have experienced qualifying losses on cool season grasses, Tarver strongly emphasized the need for producers to file acreage reports with FSA on these acres.

“If you do not carry Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage on your cool season grass and, you have not already reported these acres to FSA, it’s imperative that you late file these acreage reports with our office to qualify for LFP benefits,” said Tarver

Tarver further adds that producers should late file acreage reports sooner rather than later as FSA is required to conduct a field visit to verify the physical existence of the reported crop. For cool season grasses, physical evidence will likely be unavailable by June at the latest.