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Farmers, Ranchers Can Sign-Up for Disaster Assistance Tuesday

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From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. 

"President Obama and Secretary Vilsack made it a priority to begin enrollment for these programs," said Garcia. "For farmers and ranchers who have been awaiting disaster assistance, help is on the way."

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) 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.

Enrollment also begins on April 15 for producers with losses covered by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) in 2011, when the programs expired, through 2014

These disaster assistance programs will help Nevada producers that have been adversely affected by the on-going drought.  Emergency water hauling assistance for livestock is now being offered through ELAP for 2014 said Clint Koble, State Executive Director.

ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish that have losses due to disease, adverse weather, or other conditions, such as wildfires. TAP provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters. LIP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law. LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire.

"To expedite applications, all producers who experienced losses are encouraged to bring records documenting those losses to their local FSA county office," said Koble.

Producers also are encouraged to contact their county office ahead of time to schedule an appointment.

For more information, producers are encouraged to review the 2014 Farm Bill Fact Sheet, check out the LIP, LFP, ELAP and TAP fact sheets online or visit any USDA Service Center.

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture

From Mono County:

On March 5, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture granted disaster designation for certain counties in the State of Nevada, also including Inyo and Mono Counties in the State of California. This provides nearly automatic approval for assistance in counties that meet the required drought intensity levels.

Mono County Board of Supervisors Chairman Larry K. Johnston commented, "This drought is serious, farmers and local ranchers should avail themselves of all possible resources. The resources being made available to support our local ranchers and farmers will help sustain them across this dry period."

Assistance made available by this designation includes; emergency farm loans for actual losses as a direct result of the disaster up to a maximum of $500,000, for farmers and ranchers who conduct family-sized farming operations. U. S. Small Business Administration has declared assistance available by this designation; they will be providing Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans to small, non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private non-profit organizations of any size.

Please visit the USDA website for additional information at
Or contact U.S. Small Business Administration at 1-800-659-2955, or visit SBA's website at:

From Mono County

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