Missouri Dairy Business Update  
Volume 8, Number 3
March 2008

Dairy Disaster Assistance Program Resumes

Dairy Disaster Assistance Program III was approved by Congress in May 2007.  The program is for dairyman who had production losses in 2005, 2006 and 2007 due to a declared disaster. 
Sign up is March 5th thru May 5th, 2008. Producers who applied during that earlier period will have to sign up again.

The counties, months, and disasters for which producers may be eligible to get USDA help under this program can be found on USDA’s Disaster Assistance website.

The fact sheet contain good information for the producer to use when preparing to visit the local office to sign up for the program.  Most offices will be making appointments, so producers are encouraged to call before they visit the office. 

From the website (http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=prsu&topic=landing), keep in mind the following: 

  • The cow conversion calculator is not accurate.  Do not use.
  • Notice LD-596 is obsolete.  Notice LD-597 is correct.
  • Notice LD-593 and Notice LD-595 are correct. 
  • The Fact Sheet provides accurate information for the producer to use.

The producer's 2003 and 2004 annual milk marketing production records will be averaged as well as their yearly maintained cow numbers.  Producer provides 2005, 2006 and 2007 annual milk marketing production records and yearly cow numbers.  The average yearly pounds per cow is multiplied by the cow numbers for each year.  That figure, base year production, then has the annual milk marketing production subtracted from it.  That is the eligible loss figure.  Note:  Normal culling numbers and wet and dry cows should be included in the producers maintained yearly cow numbers.

The producer must also provide the number of cows that left or entered the herd that were not related to the disaster.  For example:  The producer purchased 50 additional cows to increase his herd size.  Offices will also need the number of cows that left or entered the because of the disaster.  For example:  10 cows died due to the ice storm and producer immediately purchased 10 cows as replacements.  Producer could have liquidated the operation because of the disaster.  Producers who marketed milk in 2005, 2006, and/or 2007 are eligible to apply.

Lisa Allen or Dana Rogge
Price Support Section
Missouri FSA State Office
Fax 573-876-0935

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