ELAP Program Changes

ELAP Program Changes

Sign-up period has been reopened and extended.

Changes have been made in eligibility provisions for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish program.  These changes make it possible for producers who experienced losses that took place in calendar years 2008 and 2009 to sign-up, even though the original sign-up period has passed.  Producers now have through May 5, 2010 to sign-up for the program.

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. ELAP assistance is for losses not covered under other Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance programs, specifically the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program.

ELAP modifications include allowing producers who did not replace their honeybees or fish that were lost due to a natural disaster to be eligible for ELAP payments based on the fair market value of the honeybees or fish that were lost. In addition, the requirements to document losses for honeybee producers who suffered losses due to Colony Collapse Disorder were modified to allow documentation by an independent third party for losses in 2010 through
Sept. 31, 2011. Producers can self certify losses due to CCD for 2008 and 2009.

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