Eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 Farm Bill beginning April 15.
these programs in record time and kept our commitment to begin sign-up
today," said Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack. "To ensure enrollment goes
as smoothly as possible, dedicated staff in over 2,000 Farm Service
Agency offices across the country are doing everything necessary to help
producers that have suffered through two and a half difficult years
with no assistance because these programs were awaiting Congressional
Depending on the size and
type of farm or ranch operation, eligible producers can enroll in one of
four programs administered by the Farm Service Agency.
Forage Disaster Program (LFP), and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)
will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and
grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock
disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012,
2013, and 2014.
The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and
Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides emergency assistance to
eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish that
have suffered losses because of disease, severe weather, blizzards and
Enrollment also began April 15 for the Tree Assistance Program (TAP), which provides financial
assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant
or rehabilitate trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters.
signing up for these programs are encouraged to contact their local FSA
office for information on the types of records needed and to schedule
an appointment. Taking these steps in advance will help producers ensure
their application moves through the process as quickly as possible.
documents may include livestock birth records, purchase and
transportation receipts, photos and ownership records showing the number
and type of livestock lost, documents listing the gallons of water
transported to livestock during drought, and more. Crop records may
include purchase receipts for eligible trees, bushes, or vines, seed and
fertilizer purchases, planting and production records, and
documentation of labor and equipment used to plant or remove eligible
trees, bushes, or vines.
have three to nine months to apply depending on the program and year of
the loss. Details are available from any local FSA office.