The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) provides assistance in the form of monetary payments to livestock producers and contract growers who have been impacted by a “severe drought” (D2) or higher for at least eight weeks during the grazing period. According to the Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA), those applying for benefits under the 2022 program will receive about 54% of their pasture or daily livestock feed value based on the number of eligible livestock at the time of application.
The payment calculation considers the lesser of either the monthly feed cost for eligible livestock, which is $47.29 per animal unit of measure; or the normal carrying capacity of the eligible grazing land (total grazing acres/acres per animal unit) times the monthly value of forage at $47.29 per animal unit of measure. Once the lesser value is established, it is multiplied by the standard program payment reduction factor of 60% and reduced again by an additional 5.7%, which is the standard yearly budget sequestration rate reduction factor required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The resulting sum will be the net payment received.
Depending on the drought intensity level, by physical location, payments will be multiplied by 1, 3, 4 or 5 months. No group of eligible livestock may exceed five monthly payments.
Due to the ongoing drought, several counties in Kansas are eligible for LFP payments. To determine eligibility or for questions about LFP, please contact the local FSA office.