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Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP) - Farm-raised Fish

Emergency Assistance for USA Farm-Raised Fish Producers
to Mitigate Losses Due to Adverse Weather Events

GrantWatch ID#: 182192
Agency Type:

Federal

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA)

11/01/17 - The application period will end no later than November 1, after the end of the program year in which the farm-raised fish loss occurred.

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Emergency assistance to USA farm-raised fish producers to mitigate losses due to adverse weather events. Funding is available to help cover losses of game and bate fish species, as well as feed. Requests may be made under this program for losses not covered under other disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, such as the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

The fish must have been:
-Bait or game fish that were propagated and reared in a controlled environment;
-Maintained for commercial use as part of a farming operation;
-Destroyed as a direct result of an eligible adverse weather or loss condition; and
-Physically located in the county where the eligible adverse weather or loss condition occurred on the beginning date of the eligible adverse weather or loss condition.

Feed must be intended for fish that are:
-An aquatic species that is propagated and reared in a controlled environment;
-Maintained and harvested for commercial use as part of a farming operation; and
-Physically located in the county where the eligible adverse weather or loss condition occurred on the beginning date of the eligible adverse weather or loss condition.

ELAP covers:
-Death losses, in excess of normal mortality, of eligible bait sh or game sh caused by an eligible adverse weather or loss condition incurred in the county where the eligible adverse weather or loss condition occurred; and
-Purchased or produced farm-raised fish feed losses for feed that was intended to be fed to eligible farm-raised fish and was damaged because of an eligible adverse weather or loss condition in the county where the eligible adverse weather or loss condition occurred.

The loss must be the direct result of an eligible adverse weather or loss condition, including but not limited to:
-Earthquakes;
-Excessive heat (death losses only);
-Excessive winds (feed losses only);
-Flooding;
-Hurricanes;
-Tidal surge;
-Tornadoes; and
-Volcanic eruption.

Fish Loss Payments:

Payments are based on the state’s average fair market value for the type of bait or game sh lost as established by FSA. ELAP payments for bait and game fish death losses will be based on a minimum of 75 percent of the result of multiplying:

-The number of bait or game sh lost in excess of normal mortality rates due to an eligible adverse weather or loss condition, times;
-The state’s average fair market value for the type of bait or game sh as established by FSA.

Feed Loss Payments:

Payments are based on a minimum of 60 percent of the actual cost of purchased or harvested feed intended for eligible sh and was damaged because of an eligible adverse weather or loss condition in the program year in which the loss occurred.

Socially Disadvantaged, Limited Resource and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers:

With respect to the national payment rates referenced above, an eligible farm-raised fish producer who certifies they are socially disadvantaged, limited resource or a beginning
farmer or rancher will not have their payment rate for sh losses under ELAP reduced by more than 10 percent.

Payment Limitations:

No person or legal entity, excluding a joint venture or general partnership, may receive, directly or indirectly, more than $125,000 total in payments under ELAP, LFP and LIP combined. The average adjusted gross income (AGI) limitation relating to limits on payments for persons or legal entities, excluding joint ventures and general partnerships, with certain levels of average AGI will apply. Specifically, a person or legal entity with an average AGI, as de ned in 7 CFR Part 1400, that exceeds $900,000 will not be eligible to receive ELAP payments.

Direct attribution provisions also apply to ELAP. Under direct attribution, any payment to a legal entity will also be considered (for payment limitation purposes) to be a payment to persons or legal entities with an interest in the legal entity or in a sub-entity.

An eligible producer is a producer of any aquatic species that is propagated and reared in a controlled environment that is being maintained for commercial use as part of the producer’s farming operation.

In addition, the producer must:
-Have owned or leased property with readily identifiable boundaries;
-Had control of the waterbed, the ground under the specific type of water and not just control over a column of water; and
-Provided purchased or produced feed to the farm-raised fish.

Eligible Producer:

(a) In general, the term ‘‘eligible producer’’ means, in addition to other requirements as may apply, an individual or entity described in paragraph (b) of this section that, as determined by the Secretary, assumes the production and market risks associated with the agricultural production of crops or livestock on a farm either as the owner of the farm, when there is no contract grower, or a contract grower of the livestock when there is a contract grower.

(b) To be eligible for benefits, an individual or legal entity must submit a farm operating plan for the purpose of payment limitation review in accordance with part 1400 of this chapter and be a:

(1) Citizen of the United States;
(2) Resident alien; for purposes of this part, resident alien means ‘‘lawful alien’’;
(3) Partnership of citizens of the United States; or
(4) Corporation, limited liability corporation, or other farm organizational structure organized under State law.

Alligators and turtles are not eligible for losses under ELAP.

Producers can apply to receive ELAP assistance at local FSA service centers. For 2017 (loss occurring on or after Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017) and subsequent program year losses, the application period will end no later than Nov. 1 after the end of the program year in which the farm-raised fish loss occurred.

In addition to submitting an application for payment, producers who suffered farm-raised sh losses must submit a notice of loss to the local FSA office that maintains the farm records for their business.

The following provides the final dates to file a notice of loss and application for payment for farm-raised fish losses:

-Date of Farm-Raised Fish Loss: Program year 2017 and subsequent program years
-Final Date to File Notice of Loss: 30 days after farm-raised fish loss is apparent
-Final Date to Submit an Application for Payment: Nov. 1 after the program year in which the loss occurred

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For ELAP:
Amy Mitchell
(202) 720-8954

For Payment Limits and Payment Eligibility:
James Baxa
(202) 720-4189

To find your local FSA office, visit:
http://offices.usda.gov

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