Starting April 15, Missouri producers affected by 2012's extremely dry conditions can sign up with USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) for disaster assistance included in the 2014 farm bill. The University of Missouri Cooperative Extension Service's Duane Dailey recently summarized the new resource, which offers livestock disaster aid going back to 2011.
Producers who experienced losses should focus on documenting those losses ahead of April 15. On and after April 15, they should visit their local FSA office for additional details. Staff from MU Extension will also be available to assist, according to this excerpt from Dailey's article:
University of Missouri Extension plans educational support to producers. “Livestock disaster aid is our first priority,” says Dave Baker, assistant dean for extension, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
MU Extension specialists will assist FSA staff in their educational efforts over the next year.
USDA says livestock farmers can sign a local list at FSA offices to schedule enrollment. In many cases, farmers who have not received federal crop assistance may not be on local office rolls.
“We’re trying to reach producers not normally involved in government programs,” says Brent Carpenter, MU Extension agricultural business specialist, Sedalia. “They may not be familiar with their local USDA office.”