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Bill Helps Ranchers With Disaster Relief

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That new farm bill is definitely good news for ranchers in our area who lost cattle during last October's winter storm.

Well there's a lot that's included in this new farm bill but what will help ranchers in southwest North Dakota is the Livestock Indemnity Program.

It won't completely cover the losses that many North and South Dakota ranchers have but it will provide a little help.

When Dan Christman lost 17 cows and 17 calves in October, there was no Farm Bill to help him.

"It could've helped a lot because we could've had some representatives from the FSA come out and verify," says Christman.

But now ranchers who are still recovering from last year's early winter storm will be able to get some reimbursement.

"The fact that we've been without the Livestock Indemnity Program since the fall of 2011, a lot of people have been waiting with baited breath because if anything would've happened up until now, much like it did in South Dakota. There'd been a long time coming before type of assistance our would've been able to recover," says Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.

The Livestock Indemnity Program provides a permanent disaster relief opportunity for ranchers.

"As you know, crops have crop insurance, and you can insure crops for hail storms and droughts and excessive rain, but in the cattle industry when you get a storm like this, there's just no insurance you can get to protect yourself for major huge losses like this," says
Christman.

But it won't completely cover the losses of many South Dakota ranchers.

"Limits in this new farm bill for the Livestock Indemnity Program are going to be $125,000. You're never going to be compensated 100%. And if you have a sizeable herd, and you have some major losses, you're not going to recover very well with this program," says Goehring.

Ranchers who want to apply should visit their county FSA office.

Ranchers will need verification of lost cattle before going to the FSA, so Commissioner Goehring says you should get proper documentation with your vet before applying for assistance.

 

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