Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has announced that eligible producers may sign up at their local USDA Service Center beginning March 14 for USDA's Livestock Assistance Program (LAP) and American Indian Livestock Feed Program (AILFP).

"We are pleased to be able to provide these benefits to producers as quickly as possible," Johanns said. "Natural disasters are unpredictable weather events that put farmers and ranchers at risk, as they work to produce a dependable and affordable national food supply."

These programs will provide relief to livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses in 2003 and 2004 due to drought, severe weather and related causes, and have limited safety net and risk management tools available.

The LAP and the AILFP programs were authorized by The Military Construction and Appropriations and Emergency Hurricane Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005, to provide disaster assistance for producers who suffered losses in 2003 or 2004.

Source: Government Release