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WEATHERFORD – Parker County USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director Rusty Rose reminds livestock producers who suffered grazing losses that occurred throughout 2015 due to drought or wildfire that they have until Feb. 1 to report their losses and to enroll in the Livestock Forage Disaster Program.

LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately-owned or cash-leased land or fire on federally-managed land. Producers in Parker/Palo Pinto/Hood/Somervell Counties are eligible to apply for 2015 LFP benefits on small grain, native pasture, improved pasture, or forage sorghum. Livestock producers are encouraged to contact the Parker County FSA Office with any questions regarding specific forage crops that are eligible.

“Prolonged drought conditions back to the fall of 2014, have created a need for livestock disaster assistance programs in these four counties,” said Rose. “I encourage all affected livestock producers to contact the Parker County FSA Office to schedule an appointment to enroll in the program before the Feb. 1 deadline.”

Livestock producers must complete the LFP application and required supporting documentation no later than Feb. 1 for losses that occurred throughout 2015. Producers who already have appointments scheduled require no additional action to meet the deadline.

Eligible livestock includes alpacas, beef cattle, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep or swine that have been or would have been grazing the eligible grazing land or pastureland.

For more information about LFP, contact the Parker County FSA Office at 817-594-4672, option 2. To find a local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov. Visit www.usda.gov/disaster to learn more about FSA disaster assistance programs.

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