Livestock Forage Program
LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses for covered livestock on land that is native or improved pastureland with permanent vegetative cover or is planted specifically for grazing. It also provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses on rangeland managed by a federal agency if the eligible livestock producer is prohibited by the federal agency from grazing the normal permitted livestock on the managed rangeland due to a qualifying fire.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
D - Direct Payments With Unrestricted Use
The Agricultural Act of 2014 (The 2014 Farm Bill), Title I, Part III, Section 1501, Public Law 113-79
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Public Law 115-334
The Livestock Forage Program was made permanent by the Agricultural Act of 2014.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
To be eligible for benefits, an individual or legal entity must be a citizen of the United States (U.S.); Resident alien; Partnership of citizens of the U.S.; or Corporation, limited liability corporation, Indian tribe or tribal organization, as defined in the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304), or other farm organization structure organized under State law. An eligible livestock producer must own, cash or share lease, or be a contract grower of covered livestock during the 60 calendar days before the beginning date of a qualifying drought or fire; provide pastureland or grazing land for covered livestock, including cash-rented pastureland or grazing land that is either physically located in a country affected by a qualifying drought during the normal grazing period for the county, or rangeland managed by a federal agency and the eligible livestock producer is prohibited from grazing the normally permitted livestock because of a qualifying fire.
The eligible livestock or contract owner will receive the ultimate benefit from LFP.
The eligible livestock producer must certify that they have suffered a grazing loss because of a qualifying drought or fire and timely file an acreage report for all grazing land for which a loss of grazing is being claimed.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. To apply for LFP, the eligible livestock producer must submit a completed application for payment and required supporting documentation for grazing losses no later than 30 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the grazing loss occurred. A contract grower must provide a copy of the grower contract along with the completed application and supporting documentation for payment.
Payment calculations for grazing losses because of a qualifying drought are equal to 1, 3, 4,or 5 times the LFP monthly payment rate. The monthly payment rate for drought is equal to 60 percent of the lesser of the monthly feed cost for all covered livestock owned or leased by the producer; or calculated by using the normal carrying capacity of the eligible grazing land of the producer. Total payments to a producer in a calendar year for grazing losses will not exceed five monthly payments for the same covered livestock. For losses suffered because of a qualifying fire on federally managed rangeland for which the producer is prohibited from grazing the normal permitted livestock, the payments begin on the first day the Federal agency excludes the eligible livestock producer from using the managed grazing land for grazing and end on the last day of the Federal lease not to exceed 180 days.
January 30, 2020 Livestock producers have 30 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the loss occurs to submit a completed application for payment and required supporting documentation.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Appeal regulations set forth in parts 11 and 780 of 7CFR apply to determinations made under LFP.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
LFP is a permanent program and provides retroactive authority to cover eligible losses back to October 1, 2011.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
There are no restrictions placed on the time permittted to spend the funds awarded. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Consult the appropriate FSA State office where the property is located. For a list of FSA State offices with telephone numbers and addresses, information is available on the internet, visit FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov to locate nearest office.
USDA, Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs, Safety Net Division, Disaster Assistance Branch
Washington, DC 20250 USA
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 18$487,455,000.00; FY 19 est $801,418,000.00; FY 20 est $679,699,000.00; FY 17$350,709,000.00; FY 16$430,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Livestock Forage Disaster Program(LFP), 7 CFR 1416 Subpart C.
Examples of Funded Projects