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Deadline nears to apply for benefits from livestock loss

Thursday, September 10, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Julia A. Wickard recently reminded eligible livestock producers of the Sept. 14 deadline for applying for benefits under the provisions of the Livestock Indemnity Program for livestock losses incurred during the period of Jan. 1, 2009-July 12, 2009.

For losses incurred after the beginning of signup (July 13, 2009), provisions require producers to file within 30 calendar days from the date when the loss becomes apparent to the producer.

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides assistance to producers for livestock deaths that result from disaster.

LIP compensates livestock owners and contract growers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including losses due to hurricanes, floods, blizzards, disease, wildfires, extreme heat and extreme cold.

"The livestock industry is critical to the State of Indiana as a contributor of over $2.9 billion in cash receipts to the Indiana economy," Wickard said. "The LIP program will assist in compensating those livestock producers that have loss due to disaster."

Additional information about the Livestock Indemnity Program is available at FSA county offices or online at www.fsa.usda.gov.

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