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Program Description

The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) offers payments to eligible livestock producers with eligible livestock. It also offers payment to producers of grazed forage crop acreage.

The payments help with grazing losses suffered on native or improved pastureland. This can be land with permanent or planted grazing cover.

LFP also provides for livestock producers on rangeland managed by a federal agency, if the agency prohibits grazing on the land due to a qualifying fire.

Farm Service Agency (FSA) will calculate payments equal to 1, 3, 4 or 5 times the LFP monthly payment rate. The payment rate for drought is equal to 60% of the lessor of the monthly feed cost. They calculate this by using the normal carrying capacity of the grazing land.

View the LFP page to get full details and eligibility requirements.

General Program Requirements

We calculate LFP payments based on the U.S. Drought Monitor rating for your county. If you suffered losses on eligible grazing or pasture land you own or lease, you may qualify for assistance.

If your county is rated

Your loss during the normal grazing period was:

You may get assistance payments equal to:

 D2 (severe drought)

 At least eight consecutive weeks

 One month

 D3 (extreme drought)

 At any time

 Three months

 D3 (extreme drought)

 At least four weeks

 Four months

 D4 (exceptional drought)

 At any time

 Four months

 D4 (exceptional drought)

 Four weeks, not necessarily  consecutive

 Five months

The livestock that would normally graze your land may include:

  • Alpacas, llamas
  • Beef and dairy cattle, beefalo, buffalo
  • Deer, elk, reindeer
  • Emus, poultry
  • Equine, goats, sheep, swine

As a livestock producer you must:

  • Own, cash or share lease, or be a contract grower of livestock during the 60 calendar days before the beginning date of a qualifying drought or fire.
  • Provide pastureland or grazing land for livestock, including cash-rented land, as of the date of the qualifying drought or fire. These events must be either of the following:
    1. Physically located in an eligible county, or
    2. Managed by a federal agency that has prohibited you from grazing because of fire.
  • Certify that you have suffered a grazing loss because of qualifying drought or fire.
  • File a timely acreage report for your loss claim.

Application Process

You must apply for payment and submit required supporting documents within 30 calendar days after the calendar year end of the loss year to your local FSA office.

For 2019 and future program years, there is a payment limitation of $125,000 per program year per person or legal entity. If you have an average AGI of more than $900,000 that applies, you are not eligible for LPF payments. Legal entities exclude joint ventures and general partnerships.

Other terms and conditions may apply.

Last Updated: 10/01/2019