Texas Farmers Union President Wes Sims today sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann. M. Veneman and the Texas congressional delegation asking that Texas Livestock producers who suffered drought losses be eligible for assistance through the Livestock Compensation Program (LCP).
"The producers in many Texas counties have been terribly disadvantaged," Sims said. "Secretary Veneman announced the program, but provided little time for counties to submit qualifying applications. The administration of this program is unfair to those producers who would otherwise have been eligible for financial assistance provided by the LCP and it's unfair to the county Farm Service Agency officials who were unable to meet the program deadline."
The LCP was established in 2002 to offer assistance to livestock producers living in counties declared as primary disaster areas due to drought. The official end-date for a county to apply for primary disaster designation under this program was September 19, 2002. This is also the same date that the Livestock Compensation Program was announced by the administration.
"We are asking that Secretary Veneman operate the program in a fair and equitable manner in order to give all livestock producers who have suffered serious drought losses the opportunity to be eligible under this program," said Sims.
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