Continuing dry weather throughout Union County has led livestock producers to be concerned with current drought condition classification.
The 2014 Farm Bill provides for implementation of the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) whenever a county is rated at a D2 (severe drought) for 8 consecutive weeks during the grazing period. The extreme southern portion of Union County was designated a D2 on August 5th.
If current conditions continue, the Livestock Forage Program will trigger on September 30th. At that time, qualifying livestock producers may be eligible for an amount equal to one monthly payment.
To apply, producers must report all pasture and range ground. Since most livestock producers do not have pasture and range delineated, the local county office of the US Department of Agriculture, is required to map these acres for them, in order to file an application for LFP. For producers who might be interested in the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, they are encourage to contact the Union County office at 1901 Adams Avenue, Suite 5, in La Grande, or call 541-963-4178.
To determine eligibility, copies of leases and or/grazing permits will be needed, as well as 2014 livestock numbers. The mapping or eligiblity determinations in advance greatly speeds up the sign up process once the Livestock Forage Disaster Program begins.