The Farm Service Agency is waiving the 30-day requirement for producers to submit notices of loss for two widely used livestock disaster programs.

The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm Raised Fish (ELAP) and Livestock Indemnity (LIP) programs provide assistance for harsh weather, water shortages, and disasters such as wildfires. When applying, producers are required to submit documentation confirming ownership of the animals and the extent of losses.

Producers will now be able to submit 2023 notices of loss "as soon as possible, once losses are realized, or no later than the established annual program application for payment deadlines for each program," FSA said in a release.

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The changes, FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux said, are meant to give producers enough time to submit applications and ease confusion surrounding program dates. 

"Program improvements are only effective if we ensure producers have sufficient time and information needed to submit their application," Ducheneaux said.

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