Eligible owners and operators can begin to sign up for the Crop Disaster Program (CDP) starting Oct. 15. Eligible ranchers and other livestock producers can now apply to receive benefits under the Livestock Compensation Program (LCP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).
CDP provides benefits to farmers who suffered quantity and quality losses to 2005, 2006 or 2007 crops from natural disasters if the crop was planted or prevented from being planted before Feb. 28, 2007. Producers who incurred qualifying crop losses in 2005 and 2006 must choose only one year to receive benefits. Producers may apply for benefits for losses to multiple commodities as long as the losses occurred in the same crop year.
Only producers who obtained crop insurance coverage or coverage under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for the year of loss will be eligible for CDP benefits. Producers must have suffered quantity losses in excess of 35 percent to be eligible for CDP.
LCP compensates livestock producers for feed losses (pasture losses), while LIP compensates livestock producers for livestock losses (livestock deaths) due to a natural disaster between Jan. 1, 2005, and Feb. 28, 2007.
Please call (605) 624-7060, Ext. 2 the Clay County FSA office for more details or to schedule an appointment for the above programs.
This year Clay County LAA #3 will be holding an election to select a county committee representative. LAA #3 consists of Fairview, Prairie Center, Norway and Vermillion townships. Nominees are Kyle Jensen and Mark Nelson.
Ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters the week of Nov. 2. If you don't receive a ballot within two weeks, please notify the county office. Ballots must be completed, signed and returned to the Clay County FSA office, or postmarked by Dec. 3. Ballots will be counted on Dec. 5.
The County Committee keeps farmers informed and oversees the administration of FSA programs on the local level. They keep the State FSA Committee informed of local weather and crop conditions and recommend needed changes in farm programs.