HELENA – The snow and wind are also creating very difficult conditions for livestock producers along the Rocky Mountain front.

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency said its important for farmers and ranchers to carefully document losses if they plan seek compensation because of the weather.

The FSA’s livestock indemnity program provides benefits to farmers who lose livestock due to eligible adverse weather, predators or disease, regardless of the animal.

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To be eligible, ranchers need to provide inventory of their livestock before the storm hit and proof of the death of livestock.

The program will cover up to 75% of the fair market value of the animal.

“The local FSA office will help the producers work through that and we are very concerned about the situation for the livestock producers and we are here to help,” said Michael Foster, State Executive Director for FSA.

According to the USDA, an eligible winter weather event is one that lasts at least three consecutive days and is accompanied by high winds, freezing rain, heavy snowfall, extreme cold or blizzard conditions.

The Montana FSA office says they have already received quite a few calls relating to the winter storm along the Rocky Mountain front.

For questions, contact your local FSA office and visit Montana FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov/mt and www.fsa.usda.gov/disaster.

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