Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.
Uses and Use Restrictions
LFP is a permanent program and provides retroactive authority to cover eligible losses back to October 1, 2011.
To be eligible for benefits, an individual or legal entity must be a citizen of the United States (U.S.); Resident alien; Partnership of citizens of the U.S.; or Corporation, limited liability corporation, or other farm organization structure organized under State law.
An eligible livestock producer must own, cash or share lease, or be a contract grower of covered livestock during the 60 calendar days before the beginning date of a qualifying drought or fire; provide pastureland or grazing land for covered livestock, including cash-rented pastureland or grazing land that is either physically located in a country affected by a qualifying drought during the normal grazing period for the county, or rangeland managed by a federal agency and the eligible livestock producer is prohibited from grazing the normally permitted livestock because of a qualifying fire.
The eligible livestock or contract owner will receive the ultimate benefit from LFP.
The eligible livestock producer must certify that they have suffered a grazing loss because of a qualifying drought or fire and timely file an acreage report for all grazing land for which a loss of grazing is being claimed. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. To apply for LFP, the eligible livestock producer must submit a completed application for payment and required supporting documentation for grazing losses no later than 30 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the grazing loss occurred. A contract grower must provide a copy of the grower contract along with the completed application and supporting documentation for payment.
Payment calculations for grazing losses because of a qualifying drought are equal to 1, 3, 4,or 5 times the LFP monthly payment rate. The monthly payment rate for drought is equal to 60 percent of the lesser of the monthly feed cost for all covered livestock owned or leased by the producer; or calculated by using the normal carrying capacity of the eligible grazing land of the producer. Total payments to a producer in a calendar year for grazing losses will not exceed five monthly payments for the same covered livestock. For losses suffered because of a qualifying fire on federally managed rangeland for which the producer is prohibited from grazing the normal permitted livestock, the payments begin on the first day the Federal agency excludes the eligible livestock producer from using the managed grazing land for grazing and end on the last day of the Federal lease not to exceed 180 days.
Jan 31, 2015: Livestock producers have 30 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the loss occurs to submit a completed application for payment and required supporting documentation.
The Agricultural Act of 2014 (The 2014 Farm Bill), Title I, Part III, Section 1501, Public Law 113-79.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Appeal regulations set forth in parts 11 and 780 of 7CFR apply to determinations made under LFP.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
There are no restrictions placed on the time permittted to spend the money awarded. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Post Assistance Requirements
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 16 $430,000,000; FY 17 est $312,000,000; and FY 18 est $423,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Scotty Abbott USDA, Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs, Production, Emergencies, and Compliance Division, Disaster Assistance Branch, 14th and Independence Ave SW, Stop 0517, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Scotty.Abbott@wdc.usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-7997 Fax: (202) 690-2130
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