Julie Vulk, county executive director for the Winneshiek County FSA Office announced that permanent disaster assistance programs created in the 2008 Farm bill allow FSA to offer relief to producers affected by adverse weather, currently the extreme heat the week of July 17 to July 21.

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides producers with benefits for livestock and poultry deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather, the extreme heat. "Many producers have lost turkeys, chickens, hogs and cattle and they need to know FSA has programs that offer relief when they need it most," said Vulk. "For LIP benefits, producers should document the number and kind of livestock that died to the heat and notify our office as soon as possible," Vulk said

To meet eligibility requirements under LIP, producers must file a notice of loss within 30 days from when the loss is apparent to the producer. Notification can be by phone, fax, email or coming to the county office. The Decorah director reminds producers that it is also important the verification of death loss is verified by an unrelated third party.

Vulk stressed that applications received for any of the livestock disaster assistance programs are considered on a case-by-case basis and producers should be prepared to provide required information to determine eligibility and applicable benefits. The deadline for producers who experienced death loss this week is Aug. 19, 2011.

For more information, producers should contact the Winneshiek County FSA Office at 563-382-8777 or visit FSA on-line at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov/.