The McCulloch County Farm Service Agency (FSA) has been authorized to immediately begin making disaster payments, according to County Executive Director Bobby L. Schmidt. ‘These payments are for approved crop disaster, livestock compensation and livestock indemnity program applications,’ Schmidt said. ‘Payments made in Texas represent a portion of nearly $1 billion dollars in disaster assistance to be issued through FSA nationwide, to date.’ The Livestock Compensation Program 2005-2007 (LCP) provides benefits to livestock producers in designated disaster counties who suffered feed losses or incurred additional feed costs directly resulting from natural disasters occurring between Jan. 1, 2005 and Dec. 31, 2007, including losses resulting from disaster events that started in 2006 and continued into January 2007. Livestock Indemnity Program 2005-2007 (LIP) provides benefits to livestock producers in designated disaster counties for livestock deaths caused by natural disasters that occurred between Jan. 1, 2005 and Dec. 31, 2007, including losses because of blizzards that started in 2006 and continued into January 2007. The Crop Disaster Program (CDP) provides benefits to farmers who suffered losses to the 2005-2007 crops from natural disasters and related conditions so long as the actual crop lost was planted or prevented from being planted before Dec. 31, 2007. Eligible crops must have been insured by Federal Multi-Peril Crop Insurance or covered by a Non- Insured Assistance Program policy through FSA. Producers who incurred qualifying losses in 2005, 2006 or 2007 must choose only one year for which to receive benefits and may not receive benefits for multiple crop losses on the same acreage if all were in the same crop year. Sign-up for LIP and LCP began Sept. 10, 2007, and sign-up for CDP began Oct. 15, 2007. No sign-up deadlines for these disaster assistance programs have been set. Sign-up will be conducted by appointment only, so call for an appointment for application processing to allow FSA to better serve you. For more information about disaster payments, contact the McCulloch County FSA at 325-597-1512 or visit the national FSA Web site at www.fsa.usda.gov.