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· Impacted by Natural Disasters in 2021? Deadlines Fast Approaching for Disaster Assistance Programs
· Kansas governor asks USDA for fairer disaster compensation
· Wednesday, January 12, 2022, Fire Situation Report: Seven Fires Burn a Total of 214 Acres
Impacted by Natural Disasters in 2021? Deadlines Fast Approaching for Disaster Assistance Programs
Oklahoma Farm Report
12 Jan 2022
As you all well know, farming and ranching can be stressful in the best of times. For nearly two years now, producers have been dealing with additional, unprecedented stressors, from the ongoing pandemic and its market impacts, to more frequent, more intense natural disasters. 2021 was a particularly tough year, and many producers across the nation were hit hard by extreme weather events, including hurricanes, prolonged drought, tornadoes, and winter storms.
Here at USDA’s Farm Service Agency, I want to take this opportunity to remind you of deadlines that are coming up for 2021 disaster programs. Two of those programs - the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) and Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) - have a January 30, 2022, deadline to file an application for 2021 losses, however producers are urged to get these applications in as soon as possible.
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish Program
ELAP provides financial assistance to eligible producers for livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish losses due to disease and certain adverse weather events or loss conditions. In 2021, in response to the severe drought conditions in the West and Great Plains, FSA updated ELAP policy to help cover the cost of transporting feed for livestock that rely on grazing. I encourage producers to utilize FSA’s online tool, which we made available to help ranchers document and estimate payments to cover feed transportation costs caused by drought. FSA also lowered the drought intensity threshold to trigger assistance for water hauling expenses.
Additionally, in 2021 and in response to catastrophic aquaculture losses due to major winter storms, USDA updated ELAP policy to make food fish and other aquatic species eligible for ELAP assistance from now on.
LFP provides payments to eligible livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses on land that is native or improved pastureland with permanent vegetative cover or is planted specifically for grazing. The grazing losses must be due to a qualifying drought condition or fire on federally managed land during the normal grazing period for a county.
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Kansas governor asks USDA for fairer disaster compensation
By Kellan Heavican, Brownfield
January 12, 2022
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly is asking USDA to alter its disaster assistance programs for fairer compensation.
Cattle producers are continuing to recover from last month’s devastating wildfires and Kelly tells Brownfield USDA’s reimbursement rates aren’t reasonable. “One of the biggest issues they’ve got is the cost is replacing the fencing and livestock,” Kelly says. “We are working with the feds to see if they can redo their formula for reimbursement for these kinds of things so we can get closer to actual cost.”
As an example she says “We’ve got an estimate that it’s about $17,000 per mile to replace fencing and I think you get reimbursed at about $12,000 per mile or so,” she says. “We want them to recognize that it’s different now and we want them to come closer to that.”
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Wednesday, January 12, 2022, Fire Situation Report: Seven Fires Burn a Total of 214 Acres
Oklahoma Farm Report
12 Jan 2022
According to the latest Fire Situation Report from the Oklahoma Forestry Services, seven fires burned a total of 214 acres in Oklahoma.
- Four fires burned 18 acres in northeastern Oklahoma.
- One fire burned 7 acres in eastcentral Oklahoma.
- Three fires burned 189 acres in southeastern Oklahoma.
Statewide Discussion: Respectable overnight moisture recovery will stall development of burning conditions today when compared to the previous two days. Much like the previous few days, fire danger will increase in the afternoon as air temperature warms with low dew point temperature in place. Winds will be moderate limiting rates of spread offering good opportunity for initial attack success. With regard to fire danger, Friday will present the most potential for problematic fire occurrence ahead of a cold front noting that a number of the fire environment elements will lack alignment minimizing significant fire potential.