New Mexico USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Molly Manzanares reminds livestock producers who suffered livestock losses that occurred due to the severe snow storm from December 26, 2016 through January 6, 2016 that they have until Feb. 1, 2016, to report their losses and to enroll in the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).
LIP provides benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather. Producers are eligible to apply for 2015/2016 LIP benefits. Livestock producers are encouraged to contact their local County FSA Office with any questions regarding specific forage crops that are eligible.
"Due to the serve snow storm conditions there is a need for livestock disaster assistance programs in eastern New Mexico," said Manzanares. "I encourage all affected livestock producers to contact their local County FSA Office to schedule an appointment to enroll in the program before the Feb. 1 deadline."
Livestock producers must file a notice of loss with their county office within 30 days of determining the death. The 2015 LIP application for payment and required supporting documentation should be submitted no later than Feb. 1, 2016, for losses that occurred in 2015. To file a 2016 loss related to this disaster, producers must file a notice of loss within 30 days of the date of death. To be tied to this event, livestock must have been deceased by March 7, 2016. Producers then have until January 30, 2017 to file 2016 application for payment and provide supporting documentation. Producers who already have appointments scheduled require no additional action to meet the deadline.
Eligible livestock includes beef and dairy cows, poultry, swine, sheep, goats, llamas, equine, emus, elk, deer, and alpacas.