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LIP and ELAP apps due Jan. 31 PDF Print E-mail

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP) were established by the 2008 Farm Bill.

LIP compensates livestock owners and contract growers for livestock death losses in excess of normal morality due to adverse weather, including losses due to hurricanes, floods, blizzards, disease, wildfires, extreme heat and extreme cold.

ELAP benefits are provided from the Disaster Trust Fund Authorized by the Secretary of Agriculture to use up to $50,000,000 annually.

The ELAP assistance provides benefits for eligible losses of livestock, honey bees and farm-raised fish losses because of an eligible adverse weather event or eligible loss condition not covered under other Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance Programs established by the 2008 Farm Bill, specifically the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program.

Dan Steinkruger, state executive director for USDA Farm Service Agency, reminds eligible ranchers and livestock producers of the final date, Jan. 31 to submit a Livestock Indemnity Program application to request benefits for 2010 eligible livestock losses and the Jan. 31 deadline for eligible producers to provide their ELAP application to their county office for losses that occurred during the 2010 calendar year.

The notice of loss for 2010 livestock death loss and eligible losses under the ELAP Program must have been filed the earlier of 30 days after the livestock deaths occurred in 2010 or 30 calendar days of when the 2010 loss was apparent to the participant.

The producers must assure their 2010 LIP application and ELAP application, all supporting documentation and producer eligibility are received in their county office no later than Jan. 31 to be considered as timely filed.

For more information, please visit the FSA county office or http://www.fsa.usda.gov.v