- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Ranchers and farmers in southeastern New Mexico may be able to recoup some of the costs of livestock lost in Winter Storm Goliath.

The Roswell Daily Record reports (https://bit.ly/1O6Svjw ) that state Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Wittes and officials from the Farm Service Agency met with producers in Chaves County on Wednesday to discuss options to ease the burdens.

Ranchers and dairy producers will be able to apply for emergency relief through programs made available through the 2014 Farm Bill, with makes payments equal to 75 percent of the market value of the applicable livestock on the day before the date of death of the livestock as determined by the U.S. secretary of agriculture.

Wittes says it’s important that livestock owners document everything and contact their county Farm Services Agency as soon as possible.

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Information from: Roswell Daily Record, https://www.roswell-record.com


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