Starting April 24th, agricultural producers who have lost livestock to disease, resulting from a weather disaster, have an additional way to become eligible for a key U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster assistance program, the Livestock Indemnity Program.

In the event of disease, this change authorizes local FSA county committees to accept veterinarian certifications that livestock deaths were directly related to adverse weather and unpreventable through good animal husbandry and management.

The committees may then use this certification to allow eligibility for producers on a case-by-case basis for the Livestock Indemnity Program.

LIP provides benefits to agricultural producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather, disease or by attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government.

Eligible weather events include earthquakes, hail, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, blizzard and flooding.

Contact the USDA service center for more details.