Drought Recovery for Livestock – Livestock Forage Disaster Program

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Henderson, Polk, and Transylvania counties recently met qualifying drought ratings that “trigger” eligibility for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program on improved pasture and native pasture. The Livestock Forage Disaster Program provides compensation to livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire.

Eligible livestock include alpacas, beef cattle, buffalo/bison, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, alpacas, ostrich, reindeer, or sheep, that have been or would have been grazing the eligible grazing land or pastureland during the normal grazing period of April 15, 2023 through November 15, 2023.

Applications are required for 2023 losses. Eligible producers must submit a completed CCC-853 and required supporting documentation no later than January 20, 2024. To expedite applications, producers who experienced losses in 2023 are encouraged to collect records documenting their losses. If you sold any livestock due to the drought, we would need your sales tickets. We will also need to know the number of adult and non-adult livestock.

We encourage producers to contact our office for an appointment, to learn what records are required to apply for assistance. For more information, contact the Henderson-Polk-Transylvania County FSA office at 828-693-1406. Information can also be obtained online.