Livestock Disaster Protection Act introduced in the House

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WASHINGTON - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) supports the efforts of Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) in introducing legislation that would provide a safety net for livestock owners across the nation. Under the Livestock Disaster Protection Act - the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Livestock Forage Program (LFP) and the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP) would be extended for five years and would apply retroactively to cover losses in fiscal years 2012 and 2013.

“While cattlemen and women need the certainty that would be provided through a permanent disaster program in a full five year farm bill and we continue to work toward that goal, we appreciate the efforts of all members of Congress in keeping disaster assistance part of the national dialogue,” said Scott George, NCBA President and a dairy and beef producer from Cody, Wyo. “The continued drought which has now covered more than 70 percent of cattle country has impacted all of our ranches. Cattle producers need the tools necessary to manage the risks associated with mother-nature.”

The nation’s livestock producers have been hard hit, with the current drought across the country only adding to the effects caused by multi-year droughts in some of the largest cattle production areas. The drought has been a major factor in lower yields and subsequent high costs for hay and feed grains, forcing many ranchers to sell their cattle.

“The risk our farmers, ranchers and all livestock owners take is undeniable,” said Rep. Noem. “The extreme weather we see across America - from drought to flood to freezes to the extreme heat - demonstrates the importance of providing a strong safety net. My bill gives some long-term certainty to our livestock owners so they'll keep on taking the risk to contribute to our state and nation's robust agriculture industry.”

Rep. Noem had previously introduced this legislation on Apr. 26, 2012. The House of Representatives voted to approve livestock disaster assistance on Aug. 2, 2012 by a vote of 223-197.

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Charles Higley    
Maine  |  April, 18, 2013 at 09:00 AM

What extended drought? Drought is happening somewhere almost all of the time. To pretend that we have anything unusual happening is to lie. Last summer there was some drought but it was vastly over- reported and exaggerated. For example, the Texas drought really was not except in two small regions of the state. The rest of the state was fine. However, when it comes to begging for taxpayer dollars, it behooves the industry to cry drought all of the time. The livestock industry needs to avoid becoming embroiled with government whose goal is to control it. The cost of feed has gone up because of the biofuels program which sucks up more than 40% of the corm crop. It's intake is constant regardless of the harvest, leaving less for food when a crop is less than a bumper crop. Last year was not a bumper corn crop but it would have been a bin-buster back in 1983. The resulting shortage would not have been if we were not destroying perfectly good food and making it in to crappy biofuels.

Rhonda Reichel    
Floresville Tx  |  April, 18, 2013 at 12:55 PM

No drought in Texas? Baloney. I haven't had much grass in 5 years and the rains last year all fell at the same time while summer my pastures baked dry. Hay is high too...and there are no subsidies on that either. I disagree that rainfall has been normal....geoengineering...look up see the CHEMTRAILS? I agree that corn subsidy is killing farmers and ranchers who raise livestock.... so vote accordingly.

Charles Higley    
Maine  |  April, 18, 2013 at 09:02 AM

By the way, extreme weather has been decreasing in recent years, there is no global warming and has not been for 17-22 years, and we are currently cooling, since 2006, and will be for decades to come.

Georgia  |  April, 22, 2013 at 07:08 AM

Bagasse is the answer. There is a company in LA doing right now. They have a facebook page with many photos.

SD  |  April, 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Mr. Higley, what is your annual precipitation in your neighborhood? Have you EVER had a severe drought which cut your means to make a living? Or do you depend upon agriculture for a living? Could you live with a 'normal' annual precip. of 14 to 16 inches? That is 'normal' in my area, but 2012 gave us less than half that. Native grass pastures suffered severely, even though stocked at far less than a normal carrying rate. Planted hay ground had very little production, not enough to pay the costs of harvesting for much of it in this western SD area. I believe you will rarely find ranchers asking for government help with the possible exception of finding affordable hay crop insurance, while we attempt to compete on a far from level 'playing field' with subsidized grain crop farmers.

Georgia  |  May, 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Rhonda, please call my friend and CEO of Supreme Energy Resources in Napoleonville Louisiana. He has a plant that I helped commission that is currently producing Mineral and protein enriched bagasse bales that can be shipped to your area. They have had great success with several farms from Louisiana to Texas and can ship it today. Call Marc Walther at 313-574-1766. There is now more beef stored in the coolers in history due to ranches bringing their herds in early. This is no joke and the drought has truly had a negative impact on the industry. Best regards, Dave in Georgia. You can contact me directly if you like at 678-446-2167.

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