USDA Working on Farm Bill Rules/Regulations
February 14, 2014

Passing a new Farm Bill took more than two years. Working out details, particularly ones involving livestock disaster programs, won't take as long, said Aaron Krauter, the executive state director of the North Dakota Farm Service Agency. Still, farmers and ranchers will need patience, Krauter said. 
 
Though President Obama has signed the Farm Bill into law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) must work out details. That process has begun. 
 
Among the livestock disaster programs Krauter cited as strong candidates for speedy approval are the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP). LIP compensates ranchers for weather-related livestock losses, LFP compensates ranchers for grazing losses and ELAP provides emergency assistance to cover losses from adverse weather, including blizzards. 
 
The programs, which expired on Oct. 1, 2011, need to be updated. "But for the most part, those things are written already," which should boost their enactment, Krauter said. 
 
Enactment of disaster livestock programs also could be accelerated because USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has some flexibility in pushing them through to an earlier start date, Krauter concluded. 
 
Reprinted in part from AgWeek