As USDA begins implementing the livestock provisions of the disaster assistance program, producers should record all pertinent information of natural disaster consequences related to loss, including:

  • Documentation of the number and kind of livestock that have died, supplemented if possible by photographs or video records of ownership and losses;
  • Dates of death supported by birth recordings or purchase receipts;
  • Costs of transporting livestock to safer grounds or to move animals to new pastures;
  • Feed purchases if supplies or grazing pastures are destroyed;
  • Crop records, including seed and fertilizer purchases, planting and production records;
  • Pictures of on-farm storage facilities that were destroyed by wind or flood waters;
  • Evidence of damaged farm land.

Officials say by mid-April USDA will begin accepting applications for the livestock disaster assistance program for losses dating back to October of 2011. Eligible ranchers should contact their local Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible to get instructions on what will be needed to sign up for relief.

For more information about today's announcements, visit the USDA drought resource page at



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