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Drought Counties - payments for livestock from Uncle Sam
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Linda W.    Posted 10-01-2002 at 16:17:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
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.


kraig WY Well I got cows and I'm in a droubt county    Posted 10-01-2002 at 21:56:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
But I'm not gonna sell my soul to the government on the installment plan. They can keep their money they stole from someone else. I'll take care of my own. If I make it fine, if I don't then its my problem.


Burrhead    Posted 10-02-2002 at 05:51:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think you may be taking the info out of context kraig.

The reason for the fed sign up is to sustain farmer/ranchers that have suffered loss on a non-insurable commodity.



Kraig WY    Posted 10-02-2002 at 07:53:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
This post hit at the same time as one on the Tractor Tales Site about Farmaid. Somebody was wanting to know how to get farmaid to increase production of Hay and such. The two post set me off. They want to give you money (the amount which covers the cost of feeding one cow, one month) and telling farmers they're helping.

In this part of the country the government says it is buying hay to help the farmers. What they are really doing is jacking up the hay prices for those who refuse to buy into their programs.

If the government was really want to help farmers they would go away and leave us alone.


Burrhead    Posted 10-02-2002 at 12:42:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
One thing to consider is that for cattle and pasture/hay grounds there is no public or government insurance available.

I realize the common mentality is that these folks should'nt be farming but that's kind of like going to a child's funeral who died from drowning on the Titanic and then telling his corpse to stay out of the water.

Here's a farm-aid list that there aint a farm in the list.



Burrhead    Posted 10-01-2002 at 18:36:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
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