Livestock Assistance Program

To provide direct payments to eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses due to drought, hot weather, disease, insect infestation, fire, hurricane, flood, fire, earthquake, severe storm, or other disasters during the 2000 crop year. Benefits will be provided to eligible livestock producers only in those counties where a severe natural disaster occurred. A county must have been approved as a primary disaster area under a Secretarial disaster designation or Presidential disaster declaration after January 1, 2000, and subsequently approved for participation in the Livestock Assistance Program (LAP) by the Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs.

Last Known Status
Deleted 10/11/2010 (Not Specified.)
Program Number
10.066
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Farm Service Agency
Types of Assistance
Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use.
Uses and Use Restrictions
LAP provides direct payments to eligible livestock producers who suffered 40 percent or greater grazing loss for three or more months due to a natural disaster. There are no use restrictions on the benefits received under this program.
Authorization
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2001, Public Law 106-387.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
An applicant must meet all of the following conditions as determined by the approving official: (1) May not have total annual gross revenue in excess of $2.5 million; (2) must have grazing land in a county or parish or part of a county or parish approved for LAP; and (3) suffered a 40 percent or greater grazing loss for 3 consecutive months during the LAP payment period approved for the county. An applicant must also be an established livestock producer who is: (1) Actively engaged in farming; (2) a citizen of, or legal resident alien in the United States; (3) a farm cooperative, private domestic corporation, partnership, or joint operation in which a majority interest is held by the members, stockholders, or partners who are citizens of, or legal resident alien of the United States; (4) any Indian tribe or tribal organization of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act; (5) any organization under the Indian Reorganization Act or Financing Act; and (6) any economic enterprise under the Indian Financing Act of 1974.
Beneficiary Eligibility
An applicant must meet all of the following conditions as determined by the approving official: (1) May not have total annual gross revenue in excess of $2.5 million; (2) payment limitation for 2000 LAP benefits is $40,000 per person as determined according to 7 CFR Part 1439, and 1-PL, Part 4; (3) be actively engaged in farming with at least 10 percent of gross revenue derived from production of livestock; (4) must have grazing land in a county or parish or part of a county or parish approved for LAP; and (5) suffered a 40 percent or greater grazing loss for 3 consecutive months during the LAP payment period approved for the county. An applicant must also be an established livestock producer who is: (1) Actively engaged in farming; (2) a citizen of, or legal resident alien in the United States; (3) a farm cooperative, private domestic corporation, partnership, or joint operation in which a majority interest is held by the members, stockholders, or partners who are citizens of, or legal resident alien of the United States; (4) any Indian tribe or tribal organization of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act; (5) any organization under the Indian Reorganization Act or Financing Act; and (6) any economic enterprise under the Indian Financing Act of 1974.
Credentials/Documentation
Applicants must certify: (1) Percent of grazing losses for each type of grazing, number of eligible livestock and date of ownership during the payment period by livestock type and weight class, and number of grazing acthat support eligible livestock; (2) that annual gross revenue is not in excess of $2.5 million; and (3) derives at least 10 percent of gross revenue from the production of livestock.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Applicants visit the county or parish Farm Service Agency (FSA) office in the eligible county or parish to make application, certify eligibility and report percent of grazing loss, number of grazing acres, and number of eligible livestock by type and weight on Form CCC-740.
Award Procedure
LAP 1999 all application data was uploaded by computer to the FSA national data processing center in Kansas City, MO on February 25, 2000. Totals were tabulated to determine if authorized funding would be exceeded. Based upon the number of applicants and total dollar value of applications, a national payment factor of .46 was established. This factor is being applied to all calculated payments before issuance to the producer. The 2000 LAP factor will be determined at a later date.
Deadlines
Please contact the program contact listed in the Information Contacts section below.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Unknown at this time.
Appeals
Applicants may appeal to the county and State FSA committees and to the National Appeals Division. Producers' grazing losses in excess of the maximum grazing loss for the county are not appealable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Formula and matching requirements are not considered under this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Payment is made by check or direct deposit after determining applicant eligibility.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
There are no reports due for post assistance requirements under this program.
Audits
Recipients under these programs are subject to audit by the Office of the Regional Inspector General, USDA.
Records
Livestock producers or any other individual or entity receiving assistance for LAP shall maintain and retain financial books and records which will permit verification of all transactions for at least 3 years, following the end of the calendar year in which assistance was provided.
Program Accomplishments
Not available.
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-4336-0-3-351.
Obligations
(Direct Payments) FY 07 $326,774,990; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
There is no minimum amount of assistance which may be received by an individual applicant. The national "person" limit (before national factoring) is $40,000. In 2001: $10 to $40,000; $875. For the 2002 LAP unknown at this time.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program is announced through news media and in letters to agricultural producers in the county. Regulations published in the Federal Register, 7 CFR Part 1439. Agency procedures are listed in Handbook 1-DAP. LAP Fact Sheet may be located on line at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/pas/publications/facts/pubfacts.htm.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
Consult the local phone directory for location of the nearest county FSA office. If no listing, contact the appropriate State FSA office listed in the Farm Service Agency section of Appendix IV of the Catalog or on the WEB at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/edso/.
Headquarters Office
Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Production, Emergencies, and Compliance Division, Emergency Preparedness and Program Branch, Stop 0517, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-0517. Telephone: (202) 720-7641.
Website Address
http://www.fsa.usda.gov .
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
All producers meeting eligibility requirements may receive assistance subject to the national payment factor. Applications are non-competitive.
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