Kent Jorgensen, executive director for USDA Farm Service Agency in Emery and Carbon counties announced that eligible farmers and ranchers who suffered livestock, livestock feed and crop losses that occurred before Dec. 31, 2007 can apply to receive disaster payments beginning today.
On Dec. 26, 2007, President Bush signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2008. The 2008 Act amends certain sections of the US Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 which allows agricultural producers who suffered losses for crops planted before Feb. 28, 2007, or eligible livestock or livestock feed losses between Jan. 1. 2005 and Feb. 28, 2007 to apply for disaster payments under the Crop Disaster Program, Livestock Compensation Program and Livestock Indemnity Program. The 2008 Act extends CDP, LCP and LIP payments to eligible farmers and ranchers who suffered 2007 crop, livestock and livestock feed losses throughout the 2007 crop year before Dec. 31, 2007.
The Farm Service Agency is now accepting applications and making payments for quantity losses before Dec. 31, 2007, under CSP. FSA is currently issuing LCP and LIP payments for losses up to Feb. 28, 2007, and will soon issue payments for losses incurred during the remainder of 2007. FSA will conduct sign-up and begin making payments for quality losses under CDP this spring. More information about CDP, LCP and LIP is available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.
The Dairy Disaster Assistance Payment Program, which
provides benefits to eligible dairy producers for production losses suffered as a result of natural disasters since Jan. 1, 2005 has also been extended by the 2008 Act to cover, in addition, any 2007 disaster occurring before Dec. 31, 2007. As a result, DDAP-III sign-up, which began Dec. 3, 2007, was temporarily suspended until automation, policy, procedure and other administrative items could be updated accordingly. DDAP-III will resume Feb. 4.
The 2008 Act also extends FSA's authority to administer the Conservation Reserve Program and marketing loan benefits for wool and mohair through March 15. It also allows the Milk Price Support Program to continue operating at current price support levels through March 15. Under the 2002 Farm Bill, USDA's authority to administer these three programs expired on Dec. 31, 2007.
Additionally, the 2008 Act provides $3.3 billion in direct and guaranteed loan funds for FSA's Farm Loan Programs.