USDA Publishes Rule for Resurrected Disaster Programs

April 14, 2014 04:10 AM
 
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USDA rule on disaster programs reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill


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USDA has now published in the Federal Register the rules for the resurrected livestock disaster programs.

USDA published the details (link) on the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP), Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and Tree Assistance Program (TAP).

The major change made to the programs was an increase in the payment limit, to $125,000 per person, up from $100,000 in the prior versions of the program.

While some have asked why pork producers are pursuing help under the ELAP program and not LIP, the answer is that LIP covers weather-related losses or losses due to species reintroduced by the government. It does cover disease losses, but only if those disease losses are linked to weather. While PEDv is said to be worse when temperatures are colder, that apparently is not enough to allow for help under LIP.

Aid would appear to be available under ELAP, but the catch there is that spending under the program cannot exceed $20 million. If benefits sought by producers exceed that level, payments would be prorated. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, ELAP was limited to $50 million.

Producers would have until Aug. 1, 2014, to file for claims under the ELAP program for FY 2011, 2012 and 2013. For FY 2014, loss claims must be filed by Nov. 1, 2014.

For LIP, for losses that occurred on or after October 1, 2011, and before January 1, 2015, producers must request aid and provide support documentation to FSA no later than January 30, 2015. For 2015 and subsequent calendar year losses, producers must provide a notice of loss to FSA by the earlier of 30 calendar days of when the loss of livestock is apparent to the participant, or 30 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the loss of livestock occurred.

Also under LIP, because there was no advance notice that losses suffered after Oct. 1, 2011, would be covered by the program as its authority expired Sept. 30, 2011, livestock producers may provide proof of death and inventories that may not be verifiable but that are reliable and reasonable documentation.

There now is a three-year average adjusted gross income limit of $900,000 applied to the disaster programs and the payment for benefits under the program is now set at $125,000 per person.


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