Changes are being sought for USDA’s Livestock Indemnity Program. During North Dakota Senator Hoeven’s agriculture roundtable meeting on Friday, North Dakota Farm Service Agency State Director Marcy Svenningson said a proposal has been forwarded to USDA to adjust the bottom-tier weight ranges. This change would boost compensation levels for livestock losses. “LIP is a disaster program and we should be trying to address what the disaster is doing,” said Svenningson. “It is the fact that the producer is not going to have a calf to sell in the fall for $1,200 and most likely, they’ll be selling an open cow.” North Dakota is also proposing livestock diseases, like pneumonia, be covered under LIP. Svenningson emphasized the federal government has not authorized this concept. “I’d like to say that there is a great expectation that it will be approved, but it is a proposal.”
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