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POSTED: September 15, 2007 5:05 a.m.
Three new ad hoc disaster programs will soon be available to assist farmers and ranchers who suffered losses caused by natural disasters in recent years, announced Sara Smith, Wayne-Camden-Glynn-Long-Liberty-McIntosh County Executive Director for the USDA Farm Service Agency.
These programs are: the new Livestock Compensation Program, Livestock Indemnity Program and Crop Disaster Program.
Eligible ranchers and other livestock producers can apply to receive benefits under the Livestock Compensation Program and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) beginning Sept. 10, 2007. Eligible farmer can sign-up for the Crop Disaster program beginning Oct. 15, 2007, if they suffered quantity losses to their crops. USDA will announce and conduct CDP a sign-up for quality losses as soon as possible.
LCP compensates livestock producers for feed losses occurring between Jan. 1, 2005, and Feb. 28, 2007, due to a natural disaster. This can include producers who suffered losses resulting from blizzards that began in 2006 and continued into January 2007.
 Also, producers in a primary (or contiguous) county that received an Administrator's Physical Loss Notice directly associated with a disaster declaration made by President Bush may also be eligible. Producers with a loss in more than one of the 2005, 2006, 2007 calendar years must choose only one year for which they want to apply for benefits.
LIP compensates livestock producers for livestock losses between Jan. 1, 2005 and Feb. 28, 2007, that resulted from natural disasters, including losses due to blizzards that started in 2006 and continued into January 2007.
Also, producers in a primary (or contiguous) county that received an Administrator's Physical Loss Notice directly associated with a disaster declaration made by President Bush may also be eligible.
CDP provides benefits to farmers who suffered quality losses to 2005, 2006, or 2007 crops from natural disasters if the crop was planted before Feb. 28, 2007, or, in the case of prevented plantings, for crops that would have been planted before Feb. 28, 2007. Producers who incurred qualifying losses in 2005, 2006, and 2007 must choose only one year to apply for benefits.
Only producers who obtained crop insurance coverage or coverage under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for the year of he loss will be eligible for CDP benefits. Producers must have suffered quantity losses in excess of 35 percent to be eligible for CDP.
For more information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov and click on Disaster Assistance Programs. USDA is developing individual fact sheets about each program to be posted online soon.
 

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