Across the Interior part of the country, heat and humidity has left us sizzling. Humans can get away from this heat with their air conditioning. But our livestock get the full blunt of the hot environment. Reports across Minnesota and South Dakota state that about 105,000 turkeys and 2,500 cattle have died due to the heat and humidity.
The Livestock Indemnity Program can provide funds for the producers who have suffered livestock losses due to heat. To receive this benefit, producers should document the number of livestock that have died due to the heat. Then, notify the FSA office as soon as possible. Producers must file within 30 days from the time the loss is noticed by the producer. Also, producers should verify the death loss by an unrelated third party. You can find more information at FSA’s Disaster website, http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov/.
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West Central Tribune Online. (2011) Livestock losses to hot weather are significant across Minn. July 22, 2011.
Decorah Newspapers Online. (2011) Livestock program helps producers suffering losses due to heat. July 26, 2011.