Disaster Reserve Assistance

To provide emergency assistance to eligible livestock owners, in a State, county, or area approved by the Secretary or designee, where because of disease, insect infestation, flood, drought, fire, hurricane, earthquake, hail storm, hot weather, cold weather, freeze, snow, ice, and winterkill, or other
natural disaster, a livestock emergency has been determined to exist.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

There are no funded projects related to this program.


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 telephone directory for location of the nearest county FSA office.

If no listing, contact the appropriate State FSA office.


Program Accomplishments

None.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Direct Payments are for unrestricted use.

Feed on which cost-sharing is received: (a) Must be fed to the producer's livestock; (b) may not be resold; and (c) must be utilized during the established feeding period.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants 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) be actively engaged in farming with at least 10 percent of gross revenue derived from the production of grain or livestock; (3) must have suffered a 40 percent or greater loss of normal feed production on the farm; and (4) have insufficient feed available for eligible livestock for the duration of the emergency; and (5) applicants eligible to receive program benefits under more than one program administered by the Secretary for the same crop loss must choose whether to receive other program benefits or disaster reserve assistance benefits.

Applicants are not eligible for both.

Basic program eligibility requirements include: (1) For the Disaster Reserve Assistance Program, crop losses in areas that have suffered a 40 percent or greater loss of normal grazing, and feed grain and forage production, and determined to be in a livestock feed emergency due to a natural disaster; (2) for the Emergency Feed Grain Donation Program: (a) the State committee must determine and document a livestock feed emergency on a county-by-county basis, when the danger of eligible livestock perishing as a result of snow and freezing conditions exists in the county, (b) the livestock owner, or other person or entities (public or private) certify that the eligible livestock were or are in danger of perishing without immediate assistance; and (3) the Foundation Livestock Relief (Cost-Share) Program: (a) when foundation livestock are stranded and in imminent danger of perishing, and (b) when the State committee determines and documents livestock losses due to severe weather conditions.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Applicants 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) be actively engaged in farming with at least 10 percent of gross revenue derived from the production of grain or livestock; (3) must have suffered a 40 percent or greater loss of normal feed production on the farm; and (4) have insufficient feed available for eligible livestock for the duration of the emergency; and (5) applicants eligible to receive program benefits under more than one program administered by the Secretary for the same crop loss must choose whether to receive other program benefits or disaster reserve assistance benefits. Applicants are not eligible for both.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must certify: (1) Ownership of livestock, feed loss, and feed available, (2) that annual gross revenue is not in excess of $2.5 million, (3) derives at least 10 percent of gross revenue from the production of grain and livestock. Applicants must also be an established producer or husbandry of livestock or a dairy 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 aliens of the United States; (4) any Indian tribe or tribal organization of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act; and (5) any organization under the Indian Reorganization Act or Financing Act.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

There is no preapplication coordination related to this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No.

A-102 and E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

(1) Applicants visit the county FSA office in the eligible county to make application, certify eligibility and report feed loss, feed available, and eligible livestock related to the disaster occurrence; and (2) applicants also receive authority to participate in the program as provided by the approving official.

Award Procedures

None.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Agricultural Act of 1970, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 1427a.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approval is 30 days or less in most cases if complete information is furnished by the applicant.

Appeals

Applicants may appeal to the county and State FSA committees and to the National Appeals Division.

Renewals

None.

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 upon presenting satisfactory evidence of cost of feed purchased and determining program 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

Owners, dealers, handlers, and warehousemen shall retain financial books and records that permit verification of all transactions for at least 3 years following the end of the calendar year in which assistance is provided.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-4336-0-1-351.

Obigations

(Direct Cash Payments: American Indian Livestock Feed Program) FY 07 $0; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

None.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Procedural handbooks are available in county FSA offices.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Consult the local telephone directory for location of the nearest county FSA office. If no listing, contact the appropriate State FSA office.

Headquarters Office

Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Emergency and Noninsured Assistance Program Division, STOP 0526, 1400 Independence Avenue S.W., Washington, DC 20250-0526. Telephone: (202) 720-3168.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

None.



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