Livestock Producers 37 Alabama Counties Are Eligible for Drought Recovery Assistance

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(NRCS-AL/MONTGOMERY, AL/April 1, 2024) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Clifton Warren today announced that FSA is now accepting applications for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) in 37 Alabama counties for grazing losses due to drought. The deadline to apply for 2024 LFP assistance is Jan. 30, 2025.

Counties approved for LFP include Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Choctaw, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, Morgan, Pickens, St. Clair, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, Winston.

LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately owned or cash leased land or fire on federally managed land. For LFP, qualifying drought intensity levels are determined using the U.S. Drought Monitor. Producers are eligible to apply for 2024 LFP benefits for grazing losses on LONG SEASON SMALL GRAINS, ANNUAL RYEGRASS, FULL SEASON IMPROVE MIXED. Visit the FSA LFP webpage for a full list of eligible counties and pasture types.

“To expedite the LFP application process, producers are encouraged to gather and submit records documenting losses. Supporting documents may include information related to grazing leases, contract grower agreements, timely filed acreage reports, and more,” said SED Warren. “Eligible livestock producers should contact their local FSA office for more information on program eligibility and to schedule an appointment to apply for LFP drought recovery assistance.”


Livestock eligible for LFP include alpacas, beef cattle, bison, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, ostriches, reindeer, or sheep that have been or would have been grazing the eligible grazing land or pastureland. Recently, FSA updated LFP policy to expand program eligibility to include additional income producing grazing animals, like horses and ostrich, that contribute to the commercial viability of an agricultural operation.

Livestock used for hunting and consumption by the owner and horses and other animals that are used or intended to be used for racing and wagering remain ineligible.

As a reminder, producers who want to participate in many USDA programs including disaster assistance programs like LFP, must file timely acreage reports by filling out the FSA-578 form to remain eligible for program benefits. Livestock producers interested in applying LFP should contact their local FSA office with any questions about the eligibility of specific livestock and forage crops. More information in USDA disaster assistance is available at