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Gianforte, Daines Urge USDA to Provide Relief for Montana Livestock Producers

November 26, 2018
Press Release

Congressman Greg Gianforte and U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to William Beam, deputy administrator of Farm Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to urge the agency to include coverage under the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) for producers who suffered substantial losses this past winter.

“The winter of 2017- 2018 in Montana was particularly severe and most of the losses did not occur due to any single event… Livestock loss claims were estimated to be 11,000 claves, more than 1,500 adult bulls and cows, and more than 1,000 other livestock animals. These are only the claims that are filed,” the letter states. “As you know, the LIP plays an integral role in helping producers recover from excessive losses due to adverse weather. The LIP is designed to help with such losses and we ask you to reconsider your position regarding the request to consider this past winter as a qualifying event.”

To read the full letter click HERE