California's USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Val Dolcini, reminds eligible ranchers and livestock producers of the Dec. 10 deadline for applying for benefits under the provisions of the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for losses incurred during calendar year 2008.

For losses incurred during the 2009 calendar year, the deadline to apply for benefits is January 30, 2010.

LFP provides payments to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock grazing losses due to qualifying drought or fire. Fire losses apply only to federally managed rangeland.

Eligible livestock under LFP include beef cattle, alpacas, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep and swine. For losses due to drought, qualifying drought ratings are determined using the U.S. Drought Monitor located at

β€œIt is imperative that livestock producers meet these deadlines for disaster assistance as there are no late file provisions for LFP,” says Mr. Dolcini. β€œTo ensure a smooth application process, producers should have all required supporting documentation with them at the time they visit our office to apply for benefits.”

For more information or to apply for LFP and other USDA Farm Service Agency disaster assistance programs, contact the nearest local FSA office. For a list of FSA offices in California, visit or call 530-792-5520.