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Livestock Disaster Program sign up begins


HURON, SD (KELO-AM) South Dakota Farmers Union President, Doug Sombke issued the following statement on U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's announcement that sign-up begins today for U.S. Department of Agriculture livestock disaster programs.

"I applaud the Secretary and his staff for quick implementation of the farm bill livestock disaster programs," said Sombke. "Starting today South Dakota's producers affected by the Atlas blizzard will be able to go into their local Farm Service Agency office and receive the support they need."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced three programs that are now available to livestock producers: the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, the Livestock Indemnity Program, and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program.

South Dakota Farmers Union co-hosted two community gatherings last night in Eagle Butte and Hermosa where FSA officials provided details about reporting and documentation requirements, information about how the disaster programs will be administered, and answered questions from producers who may be eligible to apply for these programs. Two additional gatherings will take place in Interior and Union Center this evening at 6:30 p.m. (MDT).ÜSDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, Michael Scuse was in Hermosa last night to announce the program sign-ups in South Dakota."Under Secretary Scuse flew out from Washington D.C. within days of the October blizzard," said Sombke. "He has been on the ground, meeting with our producers and making sure that the livestock disaster programs are properly implemented. We commend him for his leadership and for returning to South Dakota, the heart of the disaster."For more information and to sign-up, producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office.

Last Modified: 04-15-2014-13:44:04