Pillen asks USDA, Vilsack to update, issue disaster payments without delay
A Midwestern governor is asking Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to update payments that are made to cattle producers through the Livestock Indemnity Program.
In a letter to the Secretary on Friday, Nebraska’s Jim Pillen says current LIP payments are 50 percent of the market value compared to 75 percent, which is authorized in the statute. However, USDA sets payments during previous year’s market cycle.
Pillen says he spoke with the Secretary by phone on Thursday to discuss livestock losses in Eastern Nebraska due to recent extreme heat. The Governor says the combination of extreme temperatures, high humidity and lack of air movement impacted producers.
Pillen says he’s hopeful that Secretary Vilsack will help assist cattle producers during this “unique situation” and wants USDA will deliver timely and appropriate federal support through disaster assistance programs.
The LIP provides financial benefits to producers who suffer excessive livestock losses due to adverse weather. All losses or injuries must be documented within 30 days and reported to the local Farm Service Agency office.
USDA did not respond to a request for comment on Friday.