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FSA TO ISSUE ELRP PAYMENTS FOR GRAZING                                                    The Midwest Cattleman · October 5, 2023 · P10
                         LOSSES IN 2021, 2022                               LEGISLATION
         USDA announced recent- drought and wildfire. To help  continued from page 3
      ly the Farm Service  Agen- mitigate these losses, eligible
      cy (FSA) will begin issuing  ranchers will receive ELRP               repayment in exchange for            “Veterinarians in rural
      more than $581 million to  disaster assistance payments               a three-year commitment to  areas are  crucial in main-
      eligible ranchers through the  for increases in supplemental          practice in underserved com- taining animal health and
      Emergency Livestock Relief  feed costs.  To expedite pay-             munities. However, the pro- welfare, and ensuring ranch-
      Program (ELRP). These pay- ments, determine producer                  gram currently is subject to a  ers and farmers have access
      ments will help those recov- eligibility and calculate the            significant federal withhold- to care for their livestock,”
      ering from drought and wild- ELRP 2022 payment, FSA is                ing  tax, which limits avail- said Sen. Crapo.  “By ad-
      fire in 2021 and 2022.             using livestock inventories        able resources and the reach  dressing the overly burden-
         Ranchers who lost grazing  and drought-affected forage             of its benefits. The Rural Vet- some taxes on the Veterinary
      acres due to these natural di- acreage or restricted animal           erinary Workforce Act would  Medicine Loan Repayment
      sasters in 2021 and received  units and grazing days due              provide an exemption from  Program, we can improve ac-
      assistance through ELRP  to wildfire already reported                 the federal income withhold- cess to rural veterinary care,
      Phase One soon will receive  to the agency by ranchers                ing tax for payments received  while strengthening local
      an additional payment. This  when they submitted their                under the program and simi- economies and protecting the
      second payment will be equal  Livestock Forage Disaster               lar state programs, helping  safety  of our national food
      to 20% of the 2021 gross  Program applications. ELRP                  give more veterinarians the  supply.”
      phase one payment. ELRP  payments for 2022 losses are                 opportunity to practice in           The bipartisan bill was
      Phase Two payments, which  estimated at $465.4 million                rural communities where  co-sponsored by 12 senators,
      are estimated to total $115.7  and also will be automatic             their services are needed  including Sen. Jerry Moran.
      million, will be automatic  with no application required.             most. This change would re- KLA and NCBA also support
      with no application required.         For more information, con-      flect similar exemptions pro- the legislation.
         In 2022, ranchers contin- tact your local FSA office.              vided to physicians and other     KLA
      ued to experience significant                                         human health practitioners.
      loss  of  grazing  acres  due  to

                                                                            CATTLE MARKET
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                                                                            ilek  explains:  “To  me, our  notes:  “Hopefully, the num-
                                                                            tightest numbers have the  bers  show that we’re going
                                                                            chance to be at the end of the  to stay in a three-year cycle
                                                                            fourth quarter and the begin- and we can encourage some
                                                                            ning of the first quarter next  of these young people to get
                                                                            year.  I’ll  bet  a  steak  dinner  their footing.”
                                                                            that we see the market above         Profitability is needed for
                                                                            200 (per cwt.) at some point  the future of the industry be-
                                                                            in the first quarter.”            cause the average age of the
                                                                              The key shift will be when  cattle producer continues to
                                                                            cattle producers start keep- rise, Rook adds.
                                                                            ing heifers instead of selling       Meanwhile, record cat-
                                                                            them at these high prices,  tle prices have caused beef
                                                                            which hasn’t happened yet,  packer margins to move into
                                                                            Rook adds.                        the red, according to a recent
                                                                              “We’re not seeing any sig- Sterling Beef Profit  Track-
                                                                            nificant heifer retention at  er. Cattle feeding margins
                                                                            this point,” says Todd Wilkin- gained about $10 per head
                                                                            son, South Dakota cattle pro- last week, closing at an esti-
                                                                            ducer and president of the  mated $343 per head. Pack-
                                                                            National Cattlemen’s Beef  ers saw a $51 per head de-
      U.S. HOUSE VOTES                                                      Association. “The  drought  cline, resulting in a loss of
      continued from page 3                                                 continues to be a problem  $10.68 per head.
      Animal and Plant Health In- untarily created by produc-               in  major  cattle  production        Last week, cash cattle
                                                                            areas.  And, instead of us  prices averaged $184.41 per
      spection Service from requir- ers, for producers, and they            being what was a maybe a  cwt., up around $1.20 per
      ing electronic IDs for cattle  don't receive taxpayer dollars         one-hit-wonder back in 2014  head, which is 22% higher
      and bison. That amendment  for any of their activities, or            and 2015, I think we’re look- than last year’s $143.64 per
      failed, 97-336.                    for USDA oversight  of their       ing at four or five (years) or  cwt. cash price.
         Speaking to defend the  activities,” Thompson said.                maybe even longer.”
      checkoffs and the animal ID           Regarding the animal ID           Cattle producers surveyed       Drovers
      plan, House Agriculture Com- plan,  Thompson said that                in the Drovers State of the
      mittee Chairman Glenn “GT”  “traceability resources are               Beef Industry shared a sen-
      Thompson, R-Pa., argued the  paramount when dealing                   timent of optimism for the
      anti-checkoff proposal was  with an animal disease out-               industry. Additionally, 54% of
      led by animal rights activists  break.”                               operations shared they plan
      that ultimately want to re-                                           to add a family member in
      duce consumption of animal                                            the next five years.
      products.                                                               Les Shaw, a cattle pro-
         “These programs are vol-                                           ducer  near White Owl,  S.D.,
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