INDIANAPOLIS -- USDA Farm Service Agency in Indiana Executive Director Julia A. Wickard recently announced the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) 2010 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) signup has been extended to March 1.
ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish that have losses due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions, including losses due to blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
Drought is not an eligible cause of loss under ELAP.
Eligible producers have until March 1 to sign up for the 2010 calendar year ELAP program. USDA will not accept any late filed applications.
"This assistance includes reimbursement of increased feed costs for feed that is purchased or fed above normal quantities to maintain eligible livestock in the county where the eligible weather event or loss condition occurred," Wickard said.
To be eligible for program payments under ELAP, eligible producers must have purchased insurance for each insurable commodity or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage for noninsurable commodities. Except for grazing land, producers for ELAP must have obtained a Risk Management Agency (RMA) policy or plan of insurance, or NAP coverage for all of their crops.
This includes have purchased NAP on forage harvested as hay. "Socially disadvantaged farmers," as well as "limited resource farmers," or "beginning farmers," are exempt from this purchase requirement.
For more information on ELAP, other farm programs, or for program definitions, visit the local FSA county office or the Farm Service Agency website at www.fsa.usda.gov.