Thursday, January 27, 2011

Livestock Recovery Applications due

Cattle on the range--Putnam photo

Farm Service Agency Applications Due by January 31

Boise--Dick Rush, Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Idaho would like to remind eligible livestock producers that January 31, 2011 is the final date to submit applications for two 2010 livestock disaster recovery programs known as LIP, ELAP. These disaster assistance programs are part of the 2008 Farm Bill that provides a safety net for farms and ranches subject to natural disasters.

Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) applications must be submitted by this date to request benefits for 2010 eligible livestock losses. The same deadline applies for eligible producers to submit their Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) application for losses that occurred during the 2010 calendar year.

Both LIP and ELAP provide assistance to eligible livestock owners and contract growers who have experienced livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including floods, blizzards, disease, wildfires and both extreme heat and cold.

The ELAP program provides benefits for eligible weather-related losses to honey-bees and farm-raised fish. In addition ELAP provides assistance to producers with eligible losses of livestock due to wolf depredation.

The notice of loss for 2010 livestock death loss and eligible losses under both ELAP and LIP programs must have been filed the earlier of; 30 calendar days after the livestock deaths occurred in 2010, or 30 calendar days of when the 2010 loss was apparent. The producers must ensure their 2010 LIP and ELAP applications as well as all supporting documentation and producer eligibility are received in their county office no later than January 31, 2011 to be considered as “timely filed”. Filing a notice of loss is only the first step. A producer must also file an application for either LIP or ELAP.

For more information on these supplemental disaster assistance programs and others, please visit your FSA county office.

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