The Farm Service Agency made changes to its payment rates under the Livestock Indemnity Program. The agency changed rates for calves under 250 pounds and will now value them at the same level as non-adult cattle weighing between 250 and 399 pounds. FSA also increased payment rates for calves under 400 pounds. The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association had written FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux and praised the changes. The Independent Beef Association of North Dakota says the April winter storms that hit North Dakota left cattle producers with extreme losses, most of which were in cattle under 250 pounds. LIP payment rate is set at 75 percent of the fair market value. The payments have gotten updated to use the same price as the 251-399 pound livestock. The rate is now set at $474.38 a head for cattle weighing less than 250 pounds. The previous payment rate for calves under 250 pounds was $175.
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