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Signups, deadlines announced

By Teri Moss
County Executive Director

Signup for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) began on April 15. Perkins County producers may be eligible for payments on pasture, small grain, and other grazed forages based upon the number of head of livestock and acres grazed in 2012, 2013, and 2014.  Payments are based upon rates set by the Secretary of Agriculture.  Normal stocking rates are established countywide and determined by the Nebraska State FSA Committee.
Appointments are now available for livestock producers who grazed eligible pastures and forages.  To speed up the signup process, producers are encouraged to provide the following “prior” to their appointment:
1. Applicants will need to supply livestock numbers as of July 24, 2012, May 21, 2013, and May 1, 2014 for livestock intended for grazing in 2012, 2013, and 2014 respectively.  For cattle, this shall be broken down by cows including heifers bred by disaster event date, bulls (adults are over 2 years of age and non-adults are under two years of age as of the disaster event date), and other non-adult animals over 500 pounds.
FSA is not requesting livestock inventory documentation at the time of application.  Producers shall maintain livestock inventory documentation (such as cash flows, tax records, vet records and etc.) for three years in case they are pulled for a spot-check of the livestock inventory.
2. Documentation for any livestock sold above normal culling rates due to the drought should also be provided. 
3. Farm numbers and/or legal descriptions of all grazed acres.
An accurate certification of grazed acres will need to be provided. Indicate grazed land owned. If grazed land is leased, a copy of the written cash lease must be provided to FSA. If no lease is available, a form CCC-855 must be signed by all landowners. CCC-855 forms are available at any FSA office or by email request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
4. Are the livestock owned on shares?  Ex. 50/50 father/daughter.
5. Does anyone else graze their livestock in the same pasture?
Payments are processed throughout the signup period.  The first round of Perkins County LFP applicants have already been paid. 
ELAP Deadline
Livestock producers are reminded that the deadline to apply for 2012 and/or 2013 ELAP is Aug. 1. The emergency assistance for livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish program provides payments to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish to help compensate for losses due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions, such as blizzards and wildfires. The program provides for losses not covered by the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).
ELAP provides assistance for livestock grazing, feed and death losses; honeybee feed, colony and hive losses; and fish feed and death losses. ELAP also covers losses related to the cost of transporting water due to an eligible drought.
2014 Certification/Acreage
It is now time to report all spring-seeded crops along with Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres.  As producers finish planting their crops, they are reminded to contact Perkins County FSA to schedule an appointment to report their acres. 
These acres must be reported by July 15, and all crops must be planted prior to reporting.  Please bring in plant dates to complete these reports. 
County Committee Meeting
The Perkins County FSA Office will be hosting a County Committee Informational Meeting on Wednesday, June 25 at 8 a.m.
The meeting will provide information about the FSA County Committee and responsibilities of committee members in the implementation of FSA programs.
Nominations for the 2014 COC election will be accepted until Aug. 1.
Contact the FSA office if there any questions about the meeting or if interested in nominating someone for the Perkins County FSA Committee.