(MADISON, WISCONSIN), – Livestock producers who incurred eligible livestock death losses due to recent winter storms, may be eligible for the USDA Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

"Producers who suffered livestock losses due to recent winter storms will be required to provide documentation of the livestock lost," said Brad Pfaff, State Executive Director. "FSA staff can provide producers with a list of acceptable loss documentation that includes proof of death, producer records and verifiable inventory documentation."

For livestock losses that occurred in calendar year 2010, producers will have 30 days after the death to file a notice of loss at FSA and will have until January 30, 2011, to apply for payment.

Adequate documentation must prove the death of eligible livestock occurred as a direct result of an eligible adverse weather event in the calendar year for which benefits are being requested. If adequate verifiable proof of death records documentation is not available, a livestock producer may provide reliable records, along with verifiable beginning and ending inventory, as proof of death.

Certifications of livestock deaths by third parties, who are not affiliated with the farming operation, may be accepted only if verifiable proof of death records or reliable proof of death records along with verifiable beginning and ending inventory records are not available.

LIP indemnity payments will be based on 75 percent of the fair market value of the livestock as determined by FSA.

Producers need to contact their local FSA County Offices to sign up for LIP. Producers can also learn more about LIP by visiting www.fsa.usda.gov.