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Program Description

The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides emergency assistance to eligible producers. The funds cover losses due to eligible weather or other events, like blizzards, disease (including cattle tick fever), water shortages, and wildfires.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 changed some provisions related to ELAP effective with the 2017 program year. Those changes include the following for 2017 and subsequent program years:

  • Removed the $20 million funding cap.
  • Removed LIP from the combined ELAP, LFP, and LIP maximum per person and legal entity payment limitation.

ELAP covers losses that other Disaster Assistance Programs do not cover. These other programs include the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

ELAP covers:

  • Livestock death losses.
  • The costs of hauling water to livestock.
  • Livestock feed and grazing losses that are not due to drought or wildfires on federally managed lands.
  • The cost of gathering and treating livestock for cattle tick fever.
  • Honeybee feed, colony, and hive losses.
  • Farm-raised fish death and feed losses.

General Program Requirements

Program requirements vary depending on the type of loss and whether livestock, honey bees, or farm-raised fish are affected. 

Application Process

For more details and to find out how to apply, you can read the individual fact sheets found on the ELAP page. You may also contact your local USDA Service Center or FSA office.

Last Updated: 07/25/2018