U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that eligible farmers and ranchers can now sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 farm bill.
Depending on the size and type of farm or ranch operation, eligible producers can enroll in one of four programs administered by the Farm Service Agency.
The Livestock Forage Disaster Program and the Livestock Indemnity Program will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, including calendar years 2012, 2013 and 2014.
The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish that have suffered losses because of disease, severe weather, blizzards and wildfires.
Enrollment is also underway for the Tree Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters.
For more information, contact the Weld County Farm Service Agency office, 4302 9th St. Road in Greeley, at (970) 356-8097, ext. 2.