The local Farm Services Agencies are anxiously awaiting information from the Department of Agriculture in regard to helping producers who have recently sustained livestock losses due to adverse weather.
Apparently the USDA has approved a program under the FSA Farm Program but that information has not yet made it to the local FSA Farm Program offices. Jim Peroutek from the Jewell County FSA Office in Mankato says that means the local office can not accept signups at this time.
What producers can do right now according to Peroutek, is document their losses. He says the FSA will be looking at a beginning inventory, the losses due to the adverse weather, and the remaining inventory.
Peroutek recommends, “taking pictures of losses, keeping receipts of rendering pickups, and possibly keeping ear tags.”
You should contact your local county FSA Office if you have questions.