DISASTER APPLICATION DEADLINE
January 31, 2011 is the deadline to apply for payment under the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) for weather-related losses experienced in 2010.
IF producers have already filed a notice of loss, an application for payment must also be filed by January 31.
ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish who experienced losses not covered under other disaster assistance programs established by the 2008 Farm Bill.
LIP provides benefits to eligible producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather.
FSA TARGETS FUNDS FOR SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED FARMERS
The Farm Service Agency has farm operating and farm ownership loans available for women and members of minority groups who want to purchase or operate a family-sized farm.
Each year FSA earmarks a portion of its farm loan funding for socially disadvantaged applicants, people who have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender inequality without regard to their individual qualities.
Socially disadvantaged applicants may be women, African Americans, American Indians, Hispanics, Asian and Pacific Islanders and Alaskan Natives.
Loan approval is neither automatic nor guaranteed. Socially disadvantaged applicants must meet the same eligibility criteria as other applicants.
Applicants must be:
|--||have a satisfactory history of meeting credit obligations;|
|--||have sufficient education, training, or experience managing or operating a farm,|
|--||possess legal capacity to incur debt|
|--||and be unable to obtain credit elsewhere.|
ACRE PARTICIPANTS NEED TO REPORT ANNUAL PRODUCTION DATA
Producers participating in ACRE need to remember to submit their production data for their 2010 crops by July 31.
Reporting production data is an annual requirement for participating in the Average Crop Revenue Election program.