Livestock Indemnity Program Updated:03/2021

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) authorized the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) to provide benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather. In addition, LIP covers attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law, including wolves and avian predators. LIP payments are 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 Secretary.

The 2014 Farm Bill makes LIP a permanent program and provides retroactive authority to cover eligible livestock losses back to Oct. 1, 2011.

LIP is administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Eligible Livestock Owners
To be eligible for LIP, a livestock producer must have legally owned the eligible livestock on the day the livestock died.

To be eligible for LIP, an owner's livestock must:

  • Have died as a direct result of an eligible adverse weather event or eligible attack by an eligible animal or avian predator occurring:
    • On or after Oct. 1, 2011, and;
    • No later than 60 calendar days from the ending date of the applicable adverse weather event, and;
    • In the calendar year for which benefits are requested.
  • Have been maintained for commercial use as part of a farming operation on the day they died, and;
  • Not have been produced for reasons other than commercial use as part of a farming operation. Excluded livestock includes wild free roaming animals, pets or animals used for recreational purposes, such as hunting, roping or for show.


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