Emergency assistance provided by the 2014 Farm Bill is ready for nearly 2,500 livestock, honeybee and farm-raised fish producers who suffered losses in 2012 and 2013.
Provided through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, affected producers not covered by other agricultural disaster assistance programs will receive coverage for losses.
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Eligible losses may include excessive heat or winds, flooding, blizzards, hail, wildfires, lightning strikes, volcanic eruptions, and diseases, or in the case of honeybees, losses due to colony collapse disorder. Beekeepers, most of whom suffered honeybee colony losses, represent more than half of ELAP recipients.
"As promised, we're making sure that thousands of producers who suffered through two and a half difficult years without Farm Bill assistance, are getting some relief," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday.
"Once the Farm Bill was restored, not only did we implement the disaster assistance programs in record time, we're issuing payments less than three months after the enrollment deadline. The funds will hopefully help producers with some of the financial losses they sustained during that time."
The Farm Bill caps ELAP disaster funding at $20 million per federal fiscal year. To accommodate the number of requests, which exceeded funds available for each of the affected years, payments will be reduced to ensure that all eligible applicants receive a prorated share of assistance.
Enrollment for the program closed Aug. 15 after a 15-day extension.
For more information, visit the 2014 Farm Bill website.