Buena Vista County is among the latest counties approved for the Livestock Assistance Program (LAP).
The LAP will reimburse livestock producers for grazing losses due to drought in the 2000 crop year. The USDA's deputy administrator in Washington, D.C. made this designation after BV County showed a 40 percent grazing loss.
According to Rex Wittrock, county executive director for the Farm Service Agency, "The county had no trouble meeting this loss requirement. Last summer there were many reports of pasture losses as early as July 1. In October, Buena Vista County received a Secretarial Disaster designation due to the drought.
The LAP is for forage and pasture losses on land intended for grazing. Wittrock said, "Hayed alfalfa acreage is not eligible for the LAP but would qualify under the concurrent Crop Disaster Program." Dry lot animals are not eligible for LAP since these animals are bunk fed and do not rely on forage or pasture as their primary source of feed.
The final sign up date for LAP is Friday, April 27. Because a single allocation of $430 million is available to fund livestock programs nationwide, a national factor will be applied to all eligible payments. Anyone with questions should contact the Buena Vista County FSA Office at 732-1200.