Disaster Assistance Programs from the USDA/FSA

Posted on April 17, 2014 By

Spring is upon us, and that means farmers are planting crops. Will the weather cooperate? To quote my late father, a cotton planter in Mississippi, “Don’t bank on it.”~Bruce Biles

Map shows designations across the country under USDA's amended rule. The faster, more efficient process will immediately expand assistance to more than 1,000 counties in 26 counties.

Map shows designations across the country under USDA’s amended rule. The faster, more efficient process will immediately expand assistance to more than 1,000 counties in 26 counties. Click map to enlarge.

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides assistance for natural disaster losses, resulting from drought, flood, fire, freeze, tornadoes, pest infestation, and other calamities.

“We implemented these programs in record time and kept our commitment to begin sign-up,” said Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. “To ensure enrollment goes as smoothly as possible, dedicated staff in over 2,000 Farm Service Agency offices across the country are doing everything necessary to help producers that have suffered through two and a half difficult years with no assistance because these programs were awaiting Congressional action.”

Depending on the size and type of farm or ranch operation, eligible producers can enroll in one of four programs administered by the Farm Service Agency. The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013, and 2014. The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish that have suffered losses because of disease, severe weather, blizzards and wildfires. -Read more.
In addition, the USDA‘s Farm Service Agency’s Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to a natural disaster. An eligible producer is a landowner, tenant or sharecropper who shares in the risk of producing an eligible crop and is entitled to an ownership share of that crop. As authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Act), an individual’s or entity’s average nonfarm adjusted gross income (AGI) limitation cannot exceed $500,000 to be eligible for NAP. –Read more.

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