Ranchers in Sevier, Wayne and Garfield counties have been approved for the livestock forage disaster program.
The United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency program provides payments to eligible owners and contract growers who have suffered grazing losses due to drought conditions.
The program is offered to those who have livestock that is covered and for those who are producers of grazed forage crop acreage, such as native an improved pastureland with permanent vegetative cover or certain crops that are planted specifically for grazing.
While the payments could help local operators, they will need to act fast, said Paul Pace, USDA executive director for Sevier, Wayne and Piute counties.
“The timing is really important,” Pace said.
The enrollment period ends Friday, Jan. 31. Anyone who is interested in benefits from the livestock forage disaster program will have to contact the Farm Service Agency.
For more information or assistance with applying, call (435) 896-5489, or drop by the USDA Farm Service Agency office at 340 North 600 East in Richfield.