Valencia County has been approved for the Livestock Assistance Program.

Producers must have suffered a minimum of 40 percent grazing loss during the period from May 1, 2000, through Nov. 15, 2000. Producers must report their livestock by type and weight class and the total acreages used for grazing.

If the producer leases any grazing land, he or she must provide a copy of the lease, even if it is a private one.

The 2000 Crop Disaster Program is available for eligible farmers who had crop losses directly attributed to adverse weather and related conditions. The program covers all insured, uninsured and non-insurable crops. As a condition for receiving benefits, producers who did not insure 2000 crops are required to purchase crop insurance for 2001 and 2002.

To qualify, producers must have lost at least 35 percent of their historic yield based on the higher of the five-year county average. Losses to non-insurable crops — such as chile — will be compensated at 65 percent of the five-year national average price for that crop, a news release said.

Sign up for the disaster programs at the Farm Service Agency Office at 267 Courthouse Road in Los Lunas from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Call the agency, 865-4643, ext. 2, for additional information.

A deadline for singing up has not yet been determined.

The agency will also offer assistance to apple producers who suffered economic loss as a result of low prices for apples.

Eligibility is for apples for sale in 1999 or 2000. Call 865-4643, ext. 2, for further information.

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