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Sign-up for disaster assistance begins Tuesday

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that farmers and ranchers across the country can begin signing up for disaster assistance programs on Tuesday.

The programs, reestablished by the 2014 Farm Bill, “provide long-awaited disaster relief for many livestock producers (and others) who have endured significant financial hardship from weather-related disasters,” said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The livestock program provides payments for livestock deaths and grazing-land losses that have occurred since the assistance programs expired in…

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