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Livestock Forage Disaster Program Now Available

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Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) is now available in Jefferson County

 Watertown NY. The United State Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency in Watertown has informed our office that the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) is now available in Jefferson County. The LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses for covered livestock on land that is used for grazing.  The grazing losses must be due to a qualifying drought condition during the normal grazing period for the County.

An eligible livestock producer who owns or leases grazing land in a county rated by the U.S. Drought Monitor as having a :

D2 intensity in any area of the County for at least 8 weeks during the normal grazing period is eligible to receive assistance in an amount equal to one monthly payment; or

D3 intensity in any area of the County at any time during the normal grazing period is eligible to receive assistance in an amount equal to three monthly payments.

Eligible Livestock include alpacas, beef cattle, buffalo, 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 for the specific type of grazing land or pastureland for the County.

For more information on this program, read the LFP Fact Sheet. To talk with someone from the USDA Farm Service Agency Watertown Field Office call 315-782-7289 extension 2. Farms should sign up now for this program.

Thank you to the staff at USDA Farm Service Agency for their hard work in helping deliver these programs to our farmers!!!

About Jay Matteson

Since 1988, Jay Matteson has served the agricultural industry. His works includes assisting farms with natural resources conservation for 12 years until he became the Jefferson County Agricultural Coordinator in 2000. Since then, Jay has helped farms and agribusinesses sustain and grow. Jay writes a monthly column for NNY Business magazine and has hosted The Home Grown Show since 2002 on AM 790 WTNY radio. In the fall of 2016, Jay will host a new series of video productions on WPBS TV called, Countryside with Jay Matteson. These shows will explore agriculture, rural lifestyles and our natural environment.

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