Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP) - Honey Bees
Emergency Assistance for USA Honeybee Producers
to Mitigate Losses Due to Adverse Weather Events
to Mitigate Losses Due to Adverse Weather Events
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 honeybee loss occurred.
Emergency assistance to USA honeybee producers who have experienced financial loss due to adverse weather events. Qualifying bees include honeybees that are housed in a managed hive. Bees may be used for honeybee breeding, honey production, or pollination.
ELAP provides financial assistance to eligible producers 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).
Losses of colonies must be in excess of normal mortality. ELAP covers damage to hives and feed that was purchased or produced, including additional feed purchased above normal quantities to sustain honeybees until such time that additional feed becomes available.
The colony, hive and feed losses must be:
-Due to an eligible adverse weather or loss condition; and
-Incurred by an eligible honeybee producer in the county where the eligible adverse weather or loss condition occurred.
The losses must be the direct result of an eligible adverse weather or loss condition, including but not limited to:
-Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) (colony loss only);
-Eligible winter storm (colony loss only);
-Volcanic eruption; and
Colony Loss Payments:
FSA has established a normal mortality rate for colony losses of 15 percent for the 2016 program year. Payments for colony losses are based on the average fair market value of colonies in the program year in which the loss occurs, as established by FSA. FSA has established the average fair market value at $140 per colony for the 2017 program year.
ELAP payments for honeybee colony losses will be based on a minimum of 75 percent of the result of multiplying:
-The number of colonies lost in excess of normal mortality (15 percent for 2017) due to an eligible adverse weather or loss condition, times;
-The average fair market value per colony for the applicable program year.
Hive Loss Payments:
Payments for hive losses are based on the average fair market value of hives in the program year in which the loss occurs, as established by FSA. FSA has established average fair market value at $258 per hive for the 2017 program year.
ELAP payments for hive losses will be based on a minimum of 75 percent of the result of multiplying:
-The number of hives lost due to an eligible adverse weather or loss condition, times;
-The average fair market value per hive for the applicable program year.
Feed Loss Payments:
Payments are based on a minimum of 60 percent of the actual cost of purchased or harvested feed that was intended for honeybees and was damaged because of an eligible adverse weather or loss condition. This includes additional feed purchased above normal quantities to sustain the honeybees for a short time period until additional natural feedstock becomes available.
Socially Disadvantaged, Limited Resource and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers:
With respect to the national payment rates referenced above, an eligible honeybee producer who certifies they are socially disadvantaged, limited resource or a beginning farmer or rancher will not have their payment rate for honeybee losses under ELAP reduced by more than 10 percent.
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 defined in 7 CFR Part 1400) that exceeds $900,000 will not be eligible to receive ELAP payments.
To be eligible for losses, the producer must have:
-An interest and risk in an eligible colony for the purposes of producing honey, pollinating or breeding operation for commercial use as part of a farming operation on the beginning date of the eligible adverse weather or loss condition; and
-Suffered an eligible honeybee loss in a county where the eligible adverse weather or loss condition occurred on the beginning date of the eligible adverse weather or loss condition.
(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.
Eligible honeybees do not include wild, feral honeybees, leaf cutter bees or other bee species that are not used for producing honey, pollinating or breeding honeybees.
Producers can apply to receive ELAP assistance at local FSA service centers. For 2017 (loss occurring on or after October 1, 2016, through September 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 honeybee loss occurred.
In addition to submitting an application for payment, producers who suffered honeybee losses must submit a notice of loss to the local FSA service center that maintains the farm records for their business. However, if the local FSA service center that maintains the farm records for the honeybee producer is not in close proximity to the physical location county where the honeybee loss occurs, the honeybee producer may submit a notice of loss to the local FSA service center in the county where the loss occurred.
The following provides the final dates to file a notice of loss and application for payment for livestock losses:
-Date of Honeybee Loss: Program year 2017 and subsequent program years
-Final Date to File Notice of Loss: 30 days after honeybee loss is apparent
-Final Date to Submit an Application for Payment: November 1 after the program year in which the loss occurred
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