Agricultural resources available within 30 days
Regional - posted Feb, 16 2011
Agricultural resources available REGION - USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Connecticut State Executive Director Marsha Jetté reminds livestock producers throughout Connecticut that FSA programs may be available to assist them. Many are dealing with harsh winter weather, which is causing serious harm to livestock and forage due to heavy snow, ice and extremely cold temperatures. FSA administers several programs that help producers recover from: livestock deaths that are beyond normal mortality rates; losses of purchased and/or harvested forage; and with the additional costs of providing or transporting feed. Key programs include: the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP). For livestock death losses to be eligible under LIP, producers must file a notice of loss with their local FSA office within 30 calendar days from when the loss is apparent to the producer. Farmers can contact their county FSA office at: Hartford County: 860-688-7725; Tolland County: 860-871-4090; Windham County: 860-774-0224. Fact sheets for these two programs can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov; click on 'Newsroom,' then 'Fact Sheets.'