ADA — Agriculture producers who suffered losses caused by natural disasters in 2005-2007 are reminded to sign up for two new ad hoc disaster programs, announced Gene Overturf, executive director for Pontotoc County Farm Service Agency. Currently applications are being accepted for the Livestock Compensation Program and Crop Disaster Program.

Eligible ranchers and other livestock producers can apply to receive benefits through the Livestock Compensation program — sign-up began Sept. 10, 2007. Sign-up for the Crop Disaster Program began Oct. 15, 2007, and applies to farmers who suffered quantity losses to their crops and had purchased NAP insurance for that year. Sign-up end dates for these programs will be announced at a future date. USDA will also announce a sign-up for quality losses soon.

“Although ending dates for the sign-up periods have not yet been announced, it is important for producers to apply for benefits as soon as possible. Timely applications will ensure that producers receive timely payments,” said Overturf.

For more information on applying for FSA disaster assistance and to schedule an appointment, phone Pontotoc County FSA at (580) 332-3070. Detailed program information about LCP and CDP is also available in a fact sheet titled, Agricultural Assistance Act of 2007, found on FSA’s Web site http://www.fsa.usda.gov; click on Disaster Assistance Programs.

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