Monday, March 30, 2015

MN town hall meeting set on livestock losses due to #wolves, birds, weather

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host a series of town hall meetings in northern Minnesota to explain state and federal programs focusing on livestock losses due to wolves, birds of prey, and weather.
The MDA offers a wolf depredation program that compensates farmers and ranchers for livestock losses due to wolves. Recently, the program funds were depleted because of an increase in claims. Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal seeks to double the funds available to producers.

The FSA's Livestock Indemnity Program, a new program funded through the 2014 Federal Farm Bill, compensates producers for livestock losses due to weather, wolves and avian predators.

Presenters will explain, compare, and contrast the state and federal livestock loss programs. Attendees will be given information on the record-keeping expectations and claims processes for the two programs.

Scheduled to be at the program are: Assistant Commissioner Charlie Poster, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, representatives from the MDA Wolf Depredation Program, representatives from the FSA, representatives from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, representatives from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

In the region, there will be a program from 1 — 2 p.m. April 3 at the Aitkin Public Library Community Room, 110 First Ave. NE, Aitkin.