Farmers and ranchers who have faced weather-related losses this year can get federal disaster aid if they document those losses by Sept. 30, the date the USDA’s Supplemental Revenue assistance program expires, Farm Service Agency Administrator Bruce Nelson has told DTN.

“If you believe you have a loss and are eligible for benefits under any of these programs, head down to your local Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible,” Nelson said in an interview late last week. He noted that the disaster programs cover crop, livestock, forage honeybee, farm-raised fish and trees. Experienced farmers are familiar with the requirements, but beginning farmers may not be, he added.

That also means unless Congress makes a change, any winter crops being planted now will not be eligible for disaster aid.