All Texas counties have met the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) trigger requirements for a three-month payment for native pasture, improved pasture and forage sorghum, says James Douglass, acting executive director of USDA’s Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Eligible ranchers and livestock producers have until Jan. 30 to apply for LFP benefits for losses incurred during the 2011 crop year.

Created by the 2008 Farm Bill, LFP provides payments to eligible livestock producers who have suffered livestock grazing losses due to qualifying drought or fire. Fire losses apply only to federally managed rangeland. Eligible livestock under LFP include beef and dairy cattle, alpacas, buffalo, beefalo, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep and swine. For losses due to drought, qualifying drought ratings are determined using the U.S. Drought Monitor.

“It is imperative that livestock producers meet this deadline for disaster assistance as there are no late-file provisions for LFP,” says Douglass. “I encourage eligible producers to contact their local FSA office to learn more about LFP eligibility requirements.”

For more LFP information, contact your local FSA office or go to www.fsa.usda.gov.