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Published April 18, 2013, 09:29 AM

Keep records of storm-related livestock losses

No money for program now, but funding could be restored, FSA official says.

By: Jonathan Knutson, Agweek

Though federal aid currently isn’t available for storm-related livestock deaths, area livestock producers should still document any such losses, says Aaron Krauter, North Dakota state director of the Farm Service Agency, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Both calves and mother cows have died in recent storms. The federal livestock indemnity program, which provides financial assistance for such losses, doesn’t have funding, but remains in existence, Krauter tells Agweek.

Funding for the program, however, potentially could be restored. If so, funding might be made retroactive to cover losses in calendar year 2013, he says.

Producers will need documentation of their losses to utilize the program if funding is restored, he says.

“We strongly recommend detailed, accurate records. Calving books, pictures, dates of storms, that type of thing,” Krauter says. “It’s just a good practice.

He also notes that planting will be delayed in much of the state. So farmers should be aware of the final date on which they can plant a particular crop and remain eligible for federal crop insurance, he says.