Farm Bill Programs Could Help Nebraska Farmers and Ranchers Recover

OMAHA (KPTM)-This week farmers and ranchers could start signing up for disaster assistance programs through the USDA as part of the 2014 Farm Bill.

Around 2,000 Farm Service Agency offices across the country will help farmers who have experienced drought, flooding and severe weather.

There are four programs available. 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. The Tree Assistance Program (TAP), provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters.

Producers signing up for these programs are encouraged to contact their local FSA office. Producers have three to nine months to apply depending on the program and year of the loss.

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