Vilsack announces disaster assistance for livestock, honeybee and farm-raised fish

By Melissa Coon

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Washington, July 16 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that over $13 million in disaster assistance would be issued to livestock, honeybee and farm-raised fish producers that suffered losses in 2009 due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions. The aid will come from the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP).


“The Obama Administration is committed to helping producers who have suffered devastating losses due to natural disasters and this program will allow eligible producers that suffered losses in 2009 to receive emergency assistance payments that may be critical to their survival,” said Vilsack.


Under ELAP, producers will be compensated for losses that are not covered under other Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance Payment programs established by the Food, Conservation and Emergency Act of 2008.


Other disaster assistance programs covered by the 2008 Farm Bill disaster assistance payment program are the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), and Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE). ELAP benefits related to 2010 losses will be issued in early 2011.


For additional information on ELAP: click here.

For more on USDA disaster assistance programs: click here.


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