Posted 10-01-2002 at 16:17:21
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The gov't is paying cattle ranchers (IF THEIR COUNTY IN 2002 or 2001 WAS DECLARED A PRIMARY DROUGHT COUNTY)$18 a head for cows owned at least 90 days and one of those days was June 1, 2002. Calves had to weigh 500 lbs. as of that date. Bulls meeting the weight requirement and something about being 2 years old. Replacement heifers are worth $14.50 I believe.
Sheep owners are also being paid for their livestock. $4.50 a head for ewes, lambs, rams, whatever.
This payment, apparently, doesn't not have any strings attached. Just have to follow the income limitations. Don't have to be a participating farm either.
Farmers for the last four years received an extra payment in the fall. This year they will not. Livestock producers are being targeted instead.
The livestock owners will certify to what they owned. You can be paid for an animal that died or was sold if you can show when that happened and if it met the other requirements.
This signup began Oct. 1 and FSA got the rules Sept. 30 and still don't have the software to enter the information in the system for payment. As usual, the program arrives before the information on how it is going to be run.
This program also covers goats, buffalo, beefalo, and dairy cattle. It does not however cover your range pigs, chickens, rabbits, fish, etc.
This program was from "Chapter 32" money. It didn't need to be approved by Congress like the extra payment to farmers was. It just appeared. Like manna from heaven. Beware of strangers bearing gifts????? Almost nothing is stranger than the way our government operates sometimes.