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Oklahoma FSA State Executive Director Scott Biggs Says His Team is Already Engaged with Helping Ranches File for Relief from Historic Fires in the State

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:12:32 CDT

Oklahoma FSA State Executive Director Scott Biggs Says His Team is Already Engaged with Helping Ranches File for Relief from Historic Fires in the State Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays caught up with State Executive Director Scott Biggs of the Oklahoma Farm Service Agency at the 2018 Okalhoma City Farm Show- and they talked about the various tools that producers have available to them in the aftermath of the fires that have blackened over 350,000 acres in recent days in the northwest part of Oklahoma.


Biggs says that FSA is working with other agnecies and the private sector putting on a meeting next Tuiesday midday at the Career Tech in Woodward. The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association will be providing a noon meal for those producers who are able to attend- with a program planned after lunch that should explain to producers what programs are available to them if they have suffered loss on their farm or ranch.


The April 24th 1 p.m. meeting will take place at Woodward’s High Plains Technology Center, located at 3921 34th St., north of Hanks Trail. There is no cost to attend. A noontime lunch sponsored by the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association will precede the meeting.



“Think of the meeting as a one-stop learning experience in that we’ve tried to gather expert speakers who can address as many key questions producers may have as possible,” said Dana Bay, Woodward County Extension agricultural educator.



Both Scott Biggs, state executive director for Oklahoma FSA, and Bowdy Peach, Woodward FSA executive director, will open the meeting and provide a general overview. More details on the meeting are available here.



Biggs says one key program that could provide dollars quickly to those who have lost livestcok is the Livestock Indemnity Program.   LIP payments are made by calculating 75 percent of the fair market value for the affected livestock, as determined by the Commodity Credit Corporation, the government entity created to stabilize, support and protect farm income and prices. Notices of loss should be directed to the producer’s local FSA county office.



In order for a producer to be eligible for LIP, he or she must have legally owned the livestock on the day they died and the loss must have occurred no later than 60 calendar days from the ending date of the disaster. LIP payments are made by calculating 75 percent of the fair market value for the affected livestock, as determined by the Commodity Credit Corporation, the government entity created to stabilize, support and protect farm income and prices. Notices of loss should be directed to the producer’s local FSA county office.



In order for a producer to be eligible for LIP, he or she must have legally owned the livestock on the day they died and the loss must have occurred no later than 60 calendar days from the ending date of the disaster. Biggs says FSA officials have been working with County Commissioners who are helping with carcass disposal to provide documentation that should help producers get their claims in under LIP.


Oklahoma State Extension has authored a good news article on how LIP can be helpful to those producers who have lost livestock in the wildfires- click or tap here to read more.



We also have posted earlier an excellent overview of the various FSA programs that can help ranchers and farmers to push back on these terrible fires that continue to burn- click or tap here for that information and a excellent group of links that can be accessed.


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