Livestock Assistance Program

To provide direct payments to eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses due to drought, hot weather, disease, insect infestation, fire, hurricane, flood, fire, earthquake, severe storm, or other disasters during the 2000 crop year.

Benefits will be provided to eligible livestock
producers only in those counties where a severe natural disaster occurred.

A county must have been approved as a primary disaster area under a Secretarial disaster designation or Presidential disaster declaration after January 1, 2000, and subsequently approved for participation in the Livestock Assistance Program (LAP) by the Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - Consult the local phone directory for location of the nearest county FSA office.

If no listing, contact the appropriate State FSA office listed in the Farm Service Agency section of Appendix IV of the Catalog or on the WEB at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/edso/.


Program Accomplishments

Not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

LAP provides direct payments to eligible livestock producers who suffered 40 percent or greater grazing loss for three or more months due to a natural disaster.

There are no use restrictions on the benefits received under this program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

An applicant must meet all of the following conditions as determined by the approving official: (1) May not have total annual gross revenue in excess of $2.5 million; (2) must have grazing land in a county or parish or part of a county or parish approved for LAP; and (3) suffered a 40 percent or greater grazing loss for 3 consecutive months during the LAP payment period approved for the county.

An applicant must also be an established livestock producer who is: (1) Actively engaged in farming; (2) a citizen of, or legal resident alien in the United States; (3) a farm cooperative, private domestic corporation, partnership, or joint operation in which a majority interest is held by the members, stockholders, or partners who are citizens of, or legal resident alien of the United States; (4) any Indian tribe or tribal organization of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act; (5) any organization under the Indian Reorganization Act or Financing Act; and (6) any economic enterprise under the Indian Financing Act of 1974.

Beneficiary Eligibility

An applicant must meet all of the following conditions as determined by the approving official: (1) May not have total annual gross revenue in excess of $2.5 million; (2) payment limitation for 2000 LAP benefits is $40,000 per person as determined according to 7 CFR Part 1439, and 1-PL, Part 4; (3) be actively engaged in farming with at least 10 percent of gross revenue derived from production of livestock; (4) must have grazing land in a county or parish or part of a county or parish approved for LAP; and (5) suffered a 40 percent or greater grazing loss for 3 consecutive months during the LAP payment period approved for the county. An applicant must also be an established livestock producer who is: (1) Actively engaged in farming; (2) a citizen of, or legal resident alien in the United States; (3) a farm cooperative, private domestic corporation, partnership, or joint operation in which a majority interest is held by the members, stockholders, or partners who are citizens of, or legal resident alien of the United States; (4) any Indian tribe or tribal organization of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act; (5) any organization under the Indian Reorganization Act or Financing Act; and (6) any economic enterprise under the Indian Financing Act of 1974.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must certify: (1) Percent of grazing losses for each type of grazing, number of eligible livestock and date of ownership during the payment period by livestock type and weight class, and number of grazing acthat support eligible livestock; (2) that annual gross revenue is not in excess of $2.5 million; and (3) derives at least 10 percent of gross revenue from the production of livestock.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Applicants visit the county or parish Farm Service Agency (FSA) office in the eligible county or parish to make application, certify eligibility and report percent of grazing loss, number of grazing acres, and number of eligible livestock by type and weight on Form CCC-740.

Award Procedures

LAP 1999 all application data was uploaded by computer to the FSA national data processing center in Kansas City, MO on February 25, 2000. Totals were tabulated to determine if authorized funding would be exceeded. Based upon the number of applicants and total dollar value of applications, a national payment factor of .46 was established. This factor is being applied to all calculated payments before issuance to the producer. The 2000 LAP factor will be determined at a later date.

Deadlines

Please contact the program contact listed in the Information Contacts section below.

Authorization

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2001, Public Law 106-387.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Unknown at this time.

Appeals

Applicants may appeal to the county and State FSA committees and to the National Appeals Division. Producers' grazing losses in excess of the maximum grazing loss for the county are not appealable.

Renewals

Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Formula and matching requirements are not considered under this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Payment is made by check or direct deposit after determining applicant eligibility.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

There are no reports due for post assistance requirements under this program.

Audits

Recipients under these programs are subject to audit by the Office of the Regional Inspector General, USDA.

Records

Livestock producers or any other individual or entity receiving assistance for LAP shall maintain and retain financial books and records which will permit verification of all transactions for at least 3 years, following the end of the calendar year in which assistance was provided.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-4336-0-3-351.

Obigations

(Direct Payments) FY 07 $326,774,990; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

There is no minimum amount of assistance which may be received by an individual applicant. The national "person" limit (before national factoring) is $40,000. In 2001: $10 to $40,000; $875. For the 2002 LAP unknown at this time.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program is announced through news media and in letters to agricultural producers in the county. Regulations published in the Federal Register, 7 CFR Part 1439. Agency procedures are listed in Handbook 1-DAP. LAP Fact Sheet may be located on line at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/pas/publications/facts/pubfacts.htm.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Consult the local phone directory for location of the nearest county FSA office. If no listing, contact the appropriate State FSA office listed in the Farm Service Agency section of Appendix IV of the Catalog or on the WEB at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/edso/.

Headquarters Office

Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Production, Emergencies, and Compliance Division, Emergency Preparedness and Program Branch, Stop 0517, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-0517. Telephone: (202) 720-7641.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All producers meeting eligibility requirements may receive assistance subject to the national payment factor. Applications are non-competitive.



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