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COLLEGE STATION -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture Texas Farm Service Agency Acting Executive Director James Douglass announced on Sept. 9 that all counties in Texas have met the Livestock Forage Disaster Program trigger requirements for a three-month payment for native pasture, improved pasture, and forage sorghum.
Eligible ranchers and livestock producers have until Jan. 30, 2012, to apply for Livestock Forage Disaster Program benefits for losses incurred during the 2011 crop year.
The Livestock Forage Disaster Program provides payments to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock grazing losses due to qualifying drought or fire. Fire losses apply only to federally managed rangeland.
Eligible livestock under the Livestock Forage Disaster Program include beef cattle, alpacas, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep, and swine. For losses due to drought, qualifying drought ratings are determined using the U.S. Drought Monitor located at http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html.
For more information, call the local Farm Service Agency at 830-393-3411. Information can also be obtained online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.
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