Oklahoma City The Livestock Assistance Grant Program checks are in the mail to state producers. Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture, Terry Peach, said Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry staff worked diligently to meet their goal of having all 13,804 checks mailed before the weekend.

“This was a challenging program and we're excited to finally reach the point of delivering this $6.5 million in livestock assistance to our producers,” said State Secretary of Agriculture, Terry Peach. “Our employees have really worked hard on this program and deserve a great deal of credit for making it so successful. Even the employees who weren't working directly on this project took on additional responsibilities since September when the LAGP was announced.”

Oklahoma State University County Extension offices and USDA Farm Service Agency offices also helped with the program.

“A great deal of credit is due our partners with OSU Extension and FSA,” Peach said. “Their offices were instrumental in helping distribute application forms and the Extension offices also made their facilities available to our teams as we visited each county to help producers with their applications.”

The final amount each animal unit will receive under the program is $3.86. The total number of animal units finished at 1,709,056.

The $6.5 million grant package was part of a $50 million program furnished by the USDA to about 20 states affected by the ongoing drought. Oklahoma was the only state to have all its counties qualify for the program.


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