Disaster Assistance for Livestock Losses Due to Heat Stress

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Source: Iowa State University

The USDA Farm Service Agency administers a Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) for livestock owners who have livestock deaths exceeding normal mortality caused by eligible adverse weather, such as extreme heat stress.

“Producers who lost animals due to recent high temperatures are encouraged to contact their Local Farm Service Agency (FSA) to see if LIP has been approved for the county and if their loss qualifies for reimbursement,” said Beth Doran, beef specialist for Iowa State University and Outreach.

The livestock owner must provide evidence acceptable to FSA that an eligible loss occurred and was directly caused by extreme heat.  Notice of this loss must be filed within 30 days of when the loss of livestock was first apparent to the producer.

For details on eligibility and the documentation process, producers should check with their county FSA office immediately.