Meeting to Explain Livestock Disaster Aid – August 19 In Union, MO

UNION, Mo. - There will be a meeting to explain the Livestock Forage Disaster Program on Tuesday evening August 19, 2014, in the basement of the Union Memorial Auditorium (City Hall) starting at 7:00 pm.

Times were tough for Missouri livestock farmers in 2012, the worst drought in decades. Pastures and hay fields dried up. Feed prices shot up. Worse, federal disaster programs for such times expired earlier.

Congressional passage of the 2014 farm bill reinstates disaster assistance. The new law covers drought and other losses. If you owned eligible livestock as of July 24, 2012 in Franklin County, you may be compensated.

Eligible livestock include: beef and dairy cattle, bison, poultry, sheep, goats, swine, horses and others. To sign-up, farmers must report livestock numbers owned, as well as pasture acres owned and leased during the droughts.

The final date to sign up for LFP is January 30, 2015, according to Ken Bolte, Franklin County Ag Business Specialist, but it appears payments could be reduced due to deferral budget issues in the next fiscal year. Producers are encouraged to call the USDA Farm Service Agency office (636-583-2303, Ext. 2) for an appointment prior to September 15, 2014.

All interested producers are encouraged to attend the free informational meeting on the Livestock Forage Disaster Program on Tuesday, August 19 in Union, at the Memorial Auditorium starting at 7:00 pm.