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


ELAP provides financial assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions, including blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary. ELAP assistance is provided for losses not covered by other disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, such as losses not covered by the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
The Agricultural Act of 2014 (The 2014 Farm Bill), as amended, Title I, Part III, Section 1501
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Public Law 115-334
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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, other farm organizational structure organized under State law, or Indian tribe or tribal organization. The eligible applicant must have legal ownership of the livestock, honeybees, or farm-raised fish on the day the loss occurs 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 meets the requirements to receive ELAP payments. An eligible producer who certifies they are socially disadvantaged, limited resource, or beginning or veteran farmer or rancher, will have their payments for 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.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 and grazing losses, and losses resulting from the transporting feed, livestock and water and gathering livestock to treat and/or inspect for cattle tick fever, the applicant must submit a completed Emergency Loss Assistance for Livestock application, for honeybee feed, colony, hive, or farm-raised fish feed or death losses, the applicant must complete an Emergency Loss Assistance for Honeybees or Farm-Raised Fish Application; a report of acreage; 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 Procedure
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.
Producers can apply to receive ELAP assistance at local FSA service centers. For 2020 program year losses, the application period will end January 30, 2021. In addition to submitting an application for payment, producers must submit a notice of loss within 30 days of when the loss is first apparent to the participant for all losses not including honeybee losses. Honeybee losses must be reported within 15 days of when the loss is first apparent to the participant.
Approval/Disapproval Decision 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.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
ELAP is a permanent disaster program. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 authorized the use of Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds each fiscal year for ELAP. ELAP begins January 1 of the calendar year and ends January 30 of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the loss occurred. There are three categories of livestock losses covered by ELAP, 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, feed to livestock, or livestock to feed, due to an eligible drought; and losses resulting from the additional cost associated with gathering livestock for treatment and/or inspection related to cattle tick fever. There are three categories of honeybee losses covered by ELAP, losses of colonies, in excess of normal mortality, losses of honeybee hives; and losses of honeybee feed that was purchased or produced, including additional feed purchased above normal quantities to sustain honeybees until such time that additional feed becomes available. There are two categories of farm-raised fish losses covered by ELAP, death losses, in excess of normal mortality, and purchased or produced farm-raised fish feed losses.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
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.
Other 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 assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Seth Cross
USDA, FSA, Safety Net Division, 1400 Independence Ave SW Stop 0517
Washington, DC 20250 US
Phone: (402) 309-3338
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 22$280,447,039.00; FY 23 est $220,000,000.00; FY 24 est $220,000,000.00; FY 21$76,308,999.00; FY 20$60,421,000.00; FY 19$46,097,000.00; FY 18$47,064,000.00; FY 17$18,223,000.00; FY 16$17,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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