Farm Service Agency clarifies livestock eligibility program requirements

Farm Service Agency Clarifies Livestock Eligibility Program Requirements –

Emphasis on Insurance Requirements

ALBUQUERQUE — Sept. 28, 2009 – Salomon Ramirez, Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in New Mexico, announced earlier this month that New Mexico FSA offices statewide are now accepting applications for benefits under the provisions of the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) as outlined in the 2008 Farm Bill. For both programs, producers must have suffered losses that occurred on or after January 1, 2008, and before October 1, 2011.

In order for an LFP or ELAP applicant to qualify for program benefits, the applicant must have purchased insurance coverage through FSA’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) or the Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance (PRF-RI) program offered through the Risk Management Agency (RMA).

FSA offered producers the opportunity to “buy-in” eligibility for 2008 program benefits for LFP subject to a September 16, 2008 deadline. Deadlines for buy-in for 2008 ELAP benefits were September 16, 2008 and May 18, 2009; and purchase of 2009 crop year NAP coverage for native and improved pasture for grazing had to be completed by December 1, 2008.

“Since the passage of the 2008 Farm Bill in June of 2008, the Agency publicized program ‘buy-in’ and NAP coverage deadlines and offered deadline extensions in order to insure all producers had ample opportunity to meet program eligibility requirements,” said Ramirez.