Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program-2014 Farm Bill

ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish who have losses due to an eligible adverse weather or eligible loss condition, including blizzards, disease (including cattle tick fever), water shortages and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary,
that occurs on or after October 1, 2011.

ELAP covers losses that are not covered under the Livestock Forage Program (LFP), and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).
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Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

ELAP is a permanent disaster program and provides retroactive authority to cover eligible losses back to October 1, 2011.

Public Law 113-79 authorized up to $20 million of Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds in a fiscal year for ELAP.

ELAP begins October 1 of the fiscal year and ends September 30 of the fiscal year.

There are four categories of livestock losses covered by ELAP, livestock death losses caused by an eligible loss condition; livestock feed and grazing losses that are not due to drought or wildfires on federally managed lands; losses resulting from the additional cost of transporting water to livestock due to an eligible drought; and losses resulting from the additional cost associated with gathering livestock for treatment related to cattle tick fever.

Recipients of ELAP payments may receive a pro-rated reduced payment should the total annual national demand for ELAP exceed $20 million in a fiscal year.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for benefits, an individual or legal entity must be a citizen of the United States (U.S.); Resident alien; Partnership of citizens of the U.S.; or Corporation, limited liability corporation, or other farm organizational structure organized under State law.

The eligible applicant must have legal ownership of the livestock on the day the livestock died and must be a producer or contract grower of livestock, honeybee, or farm-raised fish that assumes the production and market risks associated with the agricultural production of crops or livestock on a farm and that meet the requirements to receive ELAP payments.

Starting with the 2012 program year (October 1, 2011), an eligible livestock producer who certifies they are socially disadvantaged, limited resource, or a beginning farmer or rancher, will have their payments for livestock losses under ELAP based on a national payment factor of 90 percent.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Eligible producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish will receive the ultimate benefits from ELAP. An eligible livestock producer, honeybee producer. and eligible farm-raised fish producer may receive payments for eligible losses based on a national payment rate.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. To apply for ELAP, the participant must have suffered an eligible livestock, honeybee, or farm-raised fish loss. The eligible producer must submit a Notice of Loss and a completed application to the FSA administrative county office that maintains the participant's farm records for the agricultural operation. For livestock feed, grazing, and death losses and losses resulting from the transporting water and gathering livestock to treat for cattle tick fever the applicant must submit a completed Emergency Loss Assistance for Livestock application, for honeybee fee, colony, hive, or farm-raised fish feed or death losses, the applicant must complete a Emergency Loss Assistance for Honeybees or Farm-Raised Fish Application; a report of acreage (if applicable); a copy of the participant's grower's contract (if a contract grower); other supporting documents required by the Farm Service Agency (FSA); and a farm operating plan.

Award Procedures

FSA will use the data furnished by the applicant to determine eligibility for program benefits. Furnishing the data is voluntary; however, without all required data program benefits will not be approved or provided.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


The Agricultural Act of 2014 (The 2014 Farm Bill), Title I, Part III, Section 1501.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 15 to 30 days.


From 15 to 30 days. Appeal regulations are set for in Parts 11 and 780 of 7 CFR apply to determinations made under ELAP.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 7 CFR, Part 1416, Subpart B, Public Law 113-79. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

There are no restrictions placed on the time permitted to spend the money awarded. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


No reports are required.


No audits are required for this program.


The producer or any other legal entity or person who provides information enabling a producer to receive payments must maintain any books, records, and accounts supporting the information for three years following the end of the year during which the request for payment was submitted and allow authorized representatives of USDA and the U.S. Government Accountability Office during regular business hours, to inspect, examine, and make copies of such books or records, and to enter the farm and to inspect and verify all applicable acreage in which the producer has an interest for the purpose of confirming the accuracy of information provided by or for the producer.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $17,000,000; FY 17 est $17,000,000; and FY 18 est $20,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program is announced through news media and in letters to agricultural producers in the counties. Regulations published in the Federal Register, 7 CFR Part 1416.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Amy Mitchell, USDA, FSA, Production, Emergencies, & Compliance Division, 1400 Independence Ave SW Stop 0517, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Amy.Mitchell1@wdc.usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-8954 Fax: (202) 690-2130.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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