Assistance now available for heat-related livestock deaths

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Producers who have lost livestock due to excessively  hot temperatures may have help available.
Scherrie Giamanco, state executive director of the Illinois Farm Service Agency, this week reminded producers that the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides financial assistance for livestock deaths as a direct result of adverse weather conditions.
"The hot, dry conditions that are widespread across Illinois may be good for the development of crops," Giamanco said. "However, they have proven to be detrimental for livestock producers."
She said that producers need to document the number and kind of livestock that have died as a result of the excessive heat, and notify their local FSA office of those losses.
For livestock death losses to be eligible under LIP, producers must file a notice of loss with their local FSA office within 30 calendar days from the date the loss is apparent to the producer.
Information pertaining to LIP or other programs administered by FSA can be found online at www.fsa.usda.gov.