Alabama livestock producers who suffered grazing and feed losses because of Hurricane Michael can sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assistance through Jan. 30.
In order for farmers to access the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP), USDA has agreed to waive the loss notice. The notice is typically filed within 30 days of the loss.
“In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, very few applications for ELAP assistance were submitted, and it appears farmers simply not aware of the program at the time,” said Alabama Farmers Federation National Affairs Director Mitt Walker. “The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries worked with USDA to waive the loss notice so producers in impacted counties can now benefit from this program.”
ELAP covers losses not provided for in the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, Livestock Forage Disaster Program or the Livestock Indemnity Program.