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Report livestock losses

Story Submitted: The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides assistance to eligible producers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law. LIP compensates livestock owners and contract growers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including losses due to hurricanes, floods, blizzards, wildfires, extreme heat or extreme cold. For 2017, eligible losses must occur on or after Jan. 1, and no later than…

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Emergency assistance for livestock, honeybee and farm-raised fish program

Story Submitted: The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides emergency assistance to eligible livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who have losses due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions, such as blizzards and wildfires, not covered by other agricultural disaster assistance programs. Eligible livestock losses include grazing losses not covered under the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), loss of purchased feed and/or mechanically harvested feed due to an eligible adverse weather event, additional cost of transporting water because of an eligible drought and additional…

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Farm & Outdoors 

Blue Springs, Ichetucknee and others will receive restorations

Story Submitted Under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced a suite of 40 projects that will receive $50 million from the Fighting for Florida’s Future budget to improve water quality, reduce nutrient loading, recharge water supply and protect habitat in Florida’s iconic spring systems. This includes a state investment of more than $16 million to protect springs in Northeast Florida, including Ichetucknee, White, Blue Sink, Madison Blue, Hornsby, Poe and Santa Fe springsheds. Combined with match funding from Florida’s water management districts and…

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Farm & Outdoors 

Young farmer & rancher social planned

Story Submitted A young farmer and rancher social (ages 18 to 35) will be held on Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Madison County 4-H Extension Office, located at 184 NW College Loop, in Madison. This social event is for all citizens who live in Madison and Jefferson counties and are interested in agriculture. All participants are welcome to bring a guest with them, as well. For more information in Madison County, please call NoraBeth Carpenter at (850) 673-8046 or Buck Carpenter at (850) 673-8388. For more information in…

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