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Program to help ranchers who lose livestock due to weather

Posted: Feb 26, 2018 5:29 PM Updated:

HELENA  - The snow and wind in north-central Montana has created difficult conditions for livestock producers along the Rocky Mountain Front.

According to the USDA's Farm Service Agency, it's important for farmers and ranchers to carefully document losses if they plan seek compensation because of the weather.

The FSA's livestock indemnity program provides benefits to farmers who lose livestock due to eligible adverse weather, predation, or disease regardless of the animal.

To be eligible, ranchers need to provide an inventory of their livestock before the storm hit and proof of the death of livestock. The program will cover up to 75% of the fair market value of the animal.

"The local FSA office will help the producers work through that and we are very concerned about the situation for the livestock producers and we are here to help," Michael Foster, state executive director for FSA, said.

An eligible winter weather event is one that lasts at least three consecutive days and is accompanied by high winds, freezing rain, heavy snowfall, extreme cold, or blizzard conditions, according to the USDA.

The Montana FSA office said they have already received quite a few calls relating to the winter storm along the Rocky Mountain Front. Anyone with questions can contact their local FSA office or visit Montana FSA online.

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