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USDA EXTENDS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE DEADLINE

August 01, 2014

USDA Farm Service Agency 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has extended the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) to Aug. 15. The original deadline was Aug. 1. 

Livestock, honeybee and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses due to disease, weather, wildfires or colony collapse disorder from Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2013, now have an additional two weeks to enroll in ELAP.

"Because ELAP is an important safety net for key sectors of American agriculture, we’ve provided this two week extension so that producers can submit required documentation and apply for program benefits," said FSA Administrator Juan M. Garcia.

Producers are encouraged to contact local FSA offices or visit FSA’s website at fsa.usda.gov for additional information regarding ELAP.

ELAP was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit usda.gov/farmbill.


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