1) The Livestock Indemnity Program provides benefits to producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality, caused by adverse weather. Claims must be made in the year of the death. USDA will make a payment equal to 75% of the average fair market value of the livestock.
2) The Livestock Forage Program provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses for covered livestock on land that is native or improved pastureland with permanent vegetative cover or is planted specifically for grazing. The grazing losses must be due to a qualifying drought condition during the normal grazing period for the county. The pasture or range must be in a county rated by the Drought Monitor from severe drought to extreme drought.
3) The Emergency Assistance Program for livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish provide emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish that have losses due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions, including losses due to blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary. It covers losses that were not covered by the SURE disaster program. Payment calculations for feed losses will be based on 60 percent of the producer’s actual cost.
The House has approved drought relief legislation focused on livestock producers as a temporary measure that does not replace the Farm Bill, according to the Ag Committee leadership. The measure re-authorizes three disaster assistance programs that expired a year ago. Those include the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Livestock Forage Program, and the Emergency Assistance Program.