Livestock producers affected by windstorm, fires could have aid


By Dave Bergmeier, High Plains Journal (KS)

Jan 7, 2022


Farmers and ranchers in four Kansas counties hit by a Dec. 15, 2021, windstorm and wildfire are learning about the availability of relief programs.


On Dec. 29 a meeting was conducted in Natoma. Todd Barrows, an agricultural program specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Farm Service Agency, Manhattan, Kansas, provided an overview of the Livestock Indemnity Program and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program, which provide payments that are based on 75% of a fair market value on the livestock as determined by Commodity Credit Corporation. That goes for livestock owners and eligible contract growers.


The payment rates for eligible beef owners: adult bull—$1,195.31 per head; cow—$919.47 per head. For nonadult, weighing less than 250 pounds—$163.15 per head; 250 to 399 pounds—$441.45 per head; 400 to 799 pounds—$609.53 per head; 800 pounds or more—$1,015.88 per head.


The Kansas Forest Service estimated nearly 165,000 acres were impacted by wildfire Dec. 15. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly directed the Kansas National Guard and Kansas Forest Service to deploy aerial assets to the affected areas to assist with fire suppression efforts in multiple counties with active wildfires. Kelly and Agriculture Secretary Mike Beam recently met with Kansas farmers and ranchers affected by the fires—including the Maupin family in northwest Russell County. They lost cattle, fences, hay and their home in the fire.


“Today, I had the opportunity to meet with Kansans impacted by the wildfires to discuss how best the state of Kansas can support their recovery,” Kelly said. “While our farmers and ranchers have persevered through challenges, we know the storm and wildfires caused significant damage to homes, livestock and crops—so it’s critical that we mobilize all of the available resources to aid their recovery.”


“It’s heartwarming to witness how neighbors have pulled together to help each other during these times of need,” Beam said. “We are also grateful to see the tremendous volume of hay and monetary donations that have come in from outside this region and from other states as well.”


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