Eligible producers with livestock, purchased or harvested feed, honey bees, or farm-raised fish losses due to disease, adverse weather, or other conditions between January 1, 2011 and September 30, 2011, have until January 30, 2012, to submit an application for payment for 2011 losses for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).
To potentially be eligible under LIP and ELAP, livestock losses due to adverse weather events must occur within 60 days of the adverse weather event. Producers must file a “Notice of Loss” by the early of 30 days of the deaths becoming apparent or December 29, 2011.
If producers have already filed a notice of loss, an application for payment and all supporting documentation still must be filed by January 30, 2012, if they have not already done so.
Producers who suffered 2011 losses due to eligible adverse weather events or disease will be required to provide documentation of the losses. Losses because of adverse weather occurring since January 1, 2011, such as flooding, blizzards, diseases, colony collapse disorder, tornadoes, high winds, freeze, extreme heat and lightning may be eligible for ELAP or LIP benefits.
Adequate documentation must prove the loss occurred as a direct result of an eligible adverse weather event in the calendar year for which benefits are being requested.
USDA’s payment limitations provisions apply to producers enrolling in the disaster programs along with adjusted gross income limitations and conservation compliance. LIP indemnity payments are about 75 percent of the fair market value of the livestock as determined by the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). Compensation for qualified losses in ELAP is about 60 percent of the replacement cost for the livestock, forage, honey bees, or farm-raised fish losses within the limitation provided in program provisions.