2014 Disaster Assistance Arrives for Rock County livestock Producers
Applicants will begin receiving disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014.
The program, reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides disaster relief to producers not covered by other agricultural disaster assistance programs. Eligible adverse weather events for livestock feed and grazing losses include blizzards, three-day winter storms, excessive wind, flooding, lightning and tornados. Drought is not an eligible cause of loss, since these losses are covered by the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP).
Beekeepers, most of whom suffered losses due to colony collapse disorder, represent more than half of the 2014 ELAP recipients. However, several Rock County livestock producers will also receive ELAP assistance for grazing and feed losses resulting from last year’s floods.
The Farm Bill caps ELAP disaster funding at $20 million per Fiscal Year and the Budget Control Act of 2011, requires USDA to reduce payments by 7.3 percent from Oct. 1, 2014, onward. To accommodate the number of requests for ELAP assistance, which exceeded 2014 funding, payments have been reduced to ensure that all eligible applicants receive a prorated share.
To learn more about ELAP, please visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elap, or contact the FSA Office.