July 2, 2010
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that disaster assistance will be issued starting this week to livestock, honeybee and farm-raised fish producers that suffered losses in 2008 because of disease, adverse weather or other conditions. The aid will come from the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP).
More than $10 million in disaster assistance will be issued starting June 30. Under the program, producers are compensated for losses that are not covered under other Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance Payment programs established by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, specifically Livestock Forage Disaster Program, Livestock Indemnity Program and Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program. ELAP benefits related to 2009 losses are expected to be issued later this summer.
More information about Farm Service Agency (FSA) disaster assistance programs is available by visiting a local FSA county office or at www.fsa.usda.gov/elap