Farmers May Get Reimbursed for Lost Livestock

By: Janelle Lilley Email
By: Janelle Lilley Email

Some area farmers made it through recent storms only to find that some of their livestock didn't.

The federal government wants to help those farmers by reimbursing some of their losses, but there's only a small window of time to file a claim.

Valley farmers only have 30 days from the time of their loss to report the claim to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Farmers could get back 75 percent of the value for any livestock including cattle, sheep and poultry that died or had to be euthanized because of injury due to the the storm.

The program is relatively new, so the USDA is concerned most farmers aren't aware of the help available to them.

"This is a virtually new program that came out in the 2008 Farm Bill, so we are still having a lot of questions on it. There are two things that are important. One is the timely notification. The other one is the proof of loss. People don't bring us in verification that they were actually killed as a result of the tornado, not natural causes," says USDA spokesperson Nelson Link.

After notifying the USDA of the loss, farmers can then ask a veterinarian to verify the deaths or use inventory records to demonstrate the loss.


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