The Agriculture Assistance Act of 2003, signed into law on February 20, 2003, provides assistance to producers who have suffered losses due to weather-related disasters or other emergency conditions.
The Act includes $250 million for the Livestock Assistance Program (LAP), which reimburses producers for grazing losses. The producer has a choice of receiving payments for 2001 or 2002 losses. LAP addresses the needs of producers who were not adequately covered by the LCP.
The Farm Service Agency division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture carries detailed information about the Livestock Assistance Program at: http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov/