Dairy disaster assistance available in Ohio


COLUMBUS – Eligible dairy producers can now sign up for the Dairy Disaster Assistance Program at local U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency service centers.
The program will help dairy producers recover production losses resulting from a variety of adverse weather conditions in the last few years. The program provides $16 million in benefits to dairy producers for production losses that occurred between Jan. 1, 2005, and Feb. 28, 2007, because of qualifying natural disasters.
Compensation. It compensates producers for production losses that resulted from lost herds or dumped milk when dairy plants closed or the natural disaster damaged containment equipment. Additionally, power outages, fuel shortages and infrastructure damage may have temporarily interrupted the flow of dairy products to markets.
To be eligible, dairy producers must have suffered losses in primary and contiguous counties declared or designated a natural disaster. Also, producers in counties receiving an FSA Administrator’s Physical Loss Notice determination are eligible.
Under proposed regulations, the following are some of the eligibility requirements producers must meet to receive benefits:


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