Val Dolcini, state executive director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in California, reminded eligible livestock producers that Jan. 31, 2011 is the final date to submit applications for three 2010 livestock disaster recovery programs known as LIP, ELAP and LFP.

“Farm and ranch disaster assistance programs are part of the vital safety net provided by the 2008 farm bill,” said Dolcini. “Natural disasters are a fact of life in California and FSA provides critical recovery assistance in these times of need.”

Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) applications must be submitted by this date to request benefits for 2010 eligible livestock losses.  The same deadline applies for eligible producers to submit their Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) application for losses that occurred during the 2010 calendar year. And the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) also has a deadline of Jan. 31 to apply for losses that occurred in the 2010 calendar year.

The notice of loss for 2010 livestock death loss and eligible losses under both ELAP and LIP programs must have been filed the earlier of 30 days after the livestock deaths occurred in 2010 or 30 calendar days of when the 2010 loss was apparent. The producers must assure their 2010 LIP and ELAP applications, all supporting documentation and producer eligibility are received in their county office no later than Jan. 31, 2011 to be considered as “timely filed”.

The ELAP program provides benefits for eligible weather-related losses to livestock but also to honey bees and farm-raised fish. In addition ELAP provides assistance to producers with eligible losses of livestock due to wolf depredation.

Both LIP and ELAP provide assistance to eligible livestock owners and contract growers who have experienced livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including floods, blizzards, disease, wildfires and both extreme heat and cold. LFP provides financial assistance for forage and grazing landowners experiencing losses due to extreme drought conditions as determined by the National Drought Monitor.

For more information on these supplemental disaster assistance programs and others, please visit your FSA county office or www.fsa.usda.gov.